Thursday, August 16, 2018

Only An Educated Person Could Believe Something So Stupid

You'd think the field of math would be a bulwark against such idiocy, but you'd be wrong:
An Illinois professor who focuses on “equity” in mathematics will present her plan to redefine the field of study to oppose “objects, truths, and knowledge” at a 2019 conference.

University of Illinois education professor Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez will give her talk, titled “Mathematx: Towards a way of Being,” at the Mathematics Education and Society 10th International Conference in India during January and February 2019.

“The relationship between humans, mathematics, and the planet has been one steeped too long in domination and destruction,” Gutierrez notes in her presentation’s description. “I argue for a movement against objects, truths, and knowledge towards a way of being in the world that is guided by first principles — mathematx.”

“This shift from thinking of mathematics as a noun to mathematx as a verb holds potential for honouring our connections with each other as human and other-than-human persons, for balancing problem solving with joy, and for maintaining critical bifocality at the local and global level.”
Other-than-human persons?  As Sonny would say, "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs":


Auntie Ann said...

This sort of math is a heck of a lot easier and more fun than struggling over a proof for years. What professor would want to do math the old way, when they can pump out a paper in an hour by spewing gibberish onto their keyboard instead.

BT said...

Do note that she is a professor of Education not of Mathematics. Ed Schools (along with humanities and soft sciences) simultaneously like to appropriate the authority of hard sciences and try to infect it with their relativism/liberalism and generic stupidity.

William said...

I'm sorry this is probably one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard.