Ethics: Is mathematics racist?

Seattle Board of Education thinks so.
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According to the Daily Caller (and numerous other sources)…

Seattle Public Schools are now offering a course for K-12 students titled “Math Ethnic Studies.”

The permeating theme: mathematics is fundamentally racist.

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Say, what?

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Among the concerns embedded  in the new Seattle curriculum are:

  • Math knowledge is generally credited to (privileged) white males, appropriating  the contributions of other persons, communities and cultures.
  • Math is sterile, without social conscience or feeling.
  • Math’s basic terms addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are in themselves socially disruptive trigger words.
  • Math’s emphasis on right and wrong answers places oppressive powers in the hands of those dictating which answers are correct .
  • Mathematical knowledge (think: standardized testing) has is “used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color”

Yipes.

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