Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’

Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’, by Katherine Timpf.

A new online course instructs math teachers how to incorporate social-justice ideology into their lessons by discussing how mathematics has historically been used to oppress people….

“Do you ask students to think deeply about global and local social justice issues within your mathematics classroom?” the course overview asks. “This education and teacher training course will help you blend secondary math instruction with topics such as inequity, poverty, and privilege to transform students into global thinkers and mathematicians.” …

The class identifies five principles of “intersectional mathematics,” including “mathematical ethics:”

Mathematical ethics recognizes that, for centuries, mathematics has been used as a dehumanizing tool. Does one’s IQ fall on the lower half of the bell curve? Mathematics tells us that individual is intellectually lacking. Mathematics formulae also differentiate between the classifications of a war or a genocide and have even been used to trick indigenous people out of land and property.

Now, I personally never enjoyed math in school. In fact, in first grade, I got into huge trouble for standing on a chair and starting a “No More Math! No More Math!” chant in the classroom. Honestly, I just wish I had had access to this information at the time. My “No More Math!” chant landed me in the principal’s office, but perhaps if I had tweaked it a little bit to, say, “For Centuries, Mathematics Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool!” I may have had more success.

Look and weep:

This is how the arts-graduates PC class is taking over society, for their own benefit. Technology production is slowing (compared to the last two centuries, the rate is markedly less despite computers) and the Enlightenment is being rolled back. It’s as if we are returning to the middle ages in political terms, where the “reality” we socially acknowledge is dictated by the political masters.

I am about to publish a book using (simple) mathematics to set us free of the untrue notion that the surface temperature of the Earth is highly sensitive to the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide. It is sensitive, but only a fifth to a tenth as much as the IPCC’s latest estimate. If the climate scientists had been better mathematicians, the whole carbon dioxide theory of global warming would never have even got started.

hat-tip Matthew