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Rewards for hard work are now a tool for racism....

How many shots of tequila do ya have to consume before sh*t like this starts to make sense?

Math professor: Merit-based classrooms are a ‘tool of whiteness’ that oppress minority students – TheBlaze

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A professor at Brooklyn College recently wrote an academic paper arguing that rewards based on hard work are a “tool of whiteness” that oppresses minorities.

She said what?

Math professor Laurie Rubel wrote in the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education that “meritocracy” — or systems of merit that reward hard work — in math classes is a “tool of whiteness” that oppresses minority and disadvantaged students.

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More generally, whiteness tacitly positions White people, their experiences, and their behaviors as superior, and it is supported by a set of corollary principles that function as “tools of whiteness.” For instance, the ideological principle of the United States as meritocracy is understood by many to be a central feature of American society, dictating that a combination of hard work and talent … yields success.

Equivalently, the principle of meritocracy also dictates that lack of success is a result of a lack of effort or ability. This principle functions as a tool of whiteness in how it ignores “systemic barriers and institutional structures that prevent opportunity and success” as well as institutional structures that facilitate opportunities and the distribution of rewards not according to merit but instead according to race and social background.

Rubel, who spent years teaching high school math, further argued that teachers who claim to not see color are disadvantaging their students.

“Teachers who claim color-blindness — that is, they claim to not notice the race of their students — are, in effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial stratification on students and their families,” she wrote. “By claiming not to notice, the teacher is saying that … she does not account for it in her curricular planning and instruction.”

Rubel also slammed the “I can’t relate” teachers, who acknowledge they can’t relate to the situations of disadvantaged students.

“All of these ideological principles … function as tools of whiteness by absolving teachers from adopting new instructional practices that are proposed to further equity, engaging in processes of reflection about equity, and confronting fears of people of color to learn about students and their communities,” she wrote.
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tell ya what you can do with that tool, Harry...
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tell ya what you can do with that tool, Harry...
So do you disagree with the professor in the article, or are you upset that Harry posted it?

You're posts are pretty bizarre lately. Are you feeling well? I hope you are in good health and all is well with you.
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Rewards for hard work are now a tool for racism....

How many shots of tequila do ya have to consume before sh*t like this starts to make sense?

These days I'm not surprised to find out that there is such a publication as "The Journal of Urban Mathematics Education". Professor Laurie Rubel seems to be echoing the same themes as Professor Rochelle Guitierez in response to the "gap" in achievement. I think Rubel and others are conceding that gap and choose to offer a prejudicial/political explanation. Maybe these experts in minority math education have hit a wall and offer the "meritocracy" excuse for their inability to bridge the gap. On one hand, we push for higher achievements in math and science using "common core standards" to get us there. On the other hand, there are those such as Rubel saying that the problem is in part white meritocracy. So what's the real limiting factors in basic math competency among students? I believe the major problem is that kids don't open the book and don't complete the assignments/exercises in the book. The concept of opening the book and making an effort to understand what the book is saying regarding math or any subject enables most people to transcend other obstacles. That's the equalizer, not false definitions of the meaning of success and victimization. It appears that this "equity" narrative has bled over from the humanities so that even math has become a SJW issue.
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So the general gist is, if you are 'color blind', you are doing the students an injustice in not adjusting your curricular planning. In basic English, you should have one curricular plan for whites, and one for non-whites.

But if you do that, you're a racist. It also means, according to this... 'Math professor'...., that multiple races cannot function on the same level of education.

Where do they find these dingbats? And they talk about whites still oppressing non-whites????
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So the general gist is, if you are 'color blind', you are doing the students an injustice in not adjusting your curricular planning. In basic English, you should have one curricular plan for whites, and one for non-whites.

But if you do that, you're a racist. It also means, according to this... 'Math professor'...., that multiple races cannot function on the same level of education.

Where do they find these dingbats? And they talk about whites still oppressing non-whites????
It was some time ago that I first heard the phrase "the soft bigotry of low expectations" and didn't quite appreciate what it really meant. I've come to think that the phrase has some application in these issues. There's a doctrine that is being applied to most of the social, political, and now educational issues. It's the oppressed vs oppressor narrative. Isn't this the counter narrative to merit and competency?
I think Professor Rubel's journal article was somehow printed after being "peer reviewed" and given a seal of academic credibility.
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It was some time ago that I first heard the phrase "the soft bigotry of low expectations" and didn't quite appreciate what it really meant. I've come to think that the phrase has some application in these issues. There's a doctrine that is being applied to most of the social, political, and now educational issues. It's the oppressed vs oppressor narrative. Isn't this the counter narrative to merit and competency?
I think Professor Rubel's journal article was somehow printed after being "peer reviewed" and given a seal of academic credibility.
Not all journals are created equal...

Some journals are recognized as being little more than propaganda mechanisms which aren't treated seriously in academia.
Quite frankly, the title of the Journal: "Journal of Urban Mathematics Education" screams out that it probably is not something that should be taken seriously scientifically. I would be fascinated to know what other types of articles (junk I suspect) they publish...
I actually googled it and here's the link.
Journal of Urban Mathematics Education
All the articles seem to have the same bizarre tainted approach...

Here's one web-site that helps provide rankings for various peer-reviewed scientific journals.
http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php
The journal specified in the article is not even present when you search for it...



Soooo many ways the article's provided description is just missing the bigger picture.
Suffice it to say that the phrase you gave "the soft bigotry of low expectations" is very appropriate.
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Rewards for hard work are now a tool for racism....

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Math professor: Merit-based classrooms are a ‘tool of whiteness’ that oppress minority students – TheBlaze
Where are all the articles about teachers teaching weird stuff that Conservatives espouse? All we ever hear about is weird Liberal stuff being taught in schools.
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So do you disagree with the professor in the article, or are you upset that Harry posted it?

You're posts are pretty bizarre lately. Are you feeling well? I hope you are in good health and all is well with you.
Was just looking at it trying to figure out what i meant. Yeah I'm 👌 O.K. Thank you for asking.

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This is based on a scholarly article. I would ask myself the focus of the paper and the background. Looks like results of a study or workshop on how to approach imbalance in math jobs w minorities vs whites.
Just guessing, I really have no idea and neither does breitbart, they just comb through stuff trying to get a shocking headline to feed their babies.

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