Manage episode 365041207 series 3392534
Adam and Jeff (who are not known for their mathematical skills or their ability to solve a Rubik's cube) examine whether mathematics is racist. They suggest that the fact that much of modern mathematics was created by European pigment-deprived men does not mean that mathematics itself should be viewed as somehow hostile to non-white minorities. The claims of racism seems to be more a sociological argument which focuses on disparate achievement levels in mathematics by different ethnic groups. However, Adam and Jeff suggest that trying to dumb down mathematics in the name of equity so that everyone can pass the same class exams is nothing more than bigotry; those arguing in favor of equal outcomes apparently do not believe that non-white students can learn mathematics. Jeff thinks that the equality of outcome argument is a byproduct of our society become less disciplined and less appreciative of the value of an education, particularly one that includes rigorous topics such as mathematics, chemistry and physics--even though he acknowledges that the United States is producing thousands of world-class gamers.