Wednesday, October 08, 2003

"White man's math" and "the mathematics of exclusion"

Jay Nordlinger at National Review Online:

Verbal tests are constantly accused of racial bias, but how about math tests? The Thernstroms wonder how those can be biased.

Ah, but reason has little place in this realm. The president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - no less - said - get this - "Traditional mathematics is the mathematics of exclusion." There you have it.

I know a man - a math prof - who, years ago, spent a sabbatical in South Africa. Someone there told him, "We don't believe the white man's math."

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