Math Professor Says Merit-Based Grading is Racist

Campus Reform has been on the front lines of exposing insane leftism in the world of academia, and they published a story this week that would be unbelievable if you didn’t know just how far off the logical path liberals were now traveling in their quest to remake the country. They drew attention to a recent article written by Brooklyn College math professor Laurie Rubel, wherein she argues that treating math classes like a “meritocracy” was only serving the ideology of white supremacy. In the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, Rubel said that by treating students equally and judging them only by their work, teachers were essentially discriminating against blacks and other racial minorities.

No, really, she’s serious.

From Campus Reform:

Rubel, who taught high school math for nine years before becoming a professor, argues that while meritocracy is commonly linked to hard work and talent, it also “functions as a tool of whiteness” because it “ignores systemic barriers and institutional structures that prevent opportunity and success.”

Color-blindness, too, can be an issue for math teachers, according to Rubel, who asserts that “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.

“By claiming not to notice, the teacher is saying that she is dismissing one of the most salient features of the child’s identity and that she does not account for it in her curricular planning and instruction,” Rubel adds, citing education theorist Gloria Ladson-Billings.

So, to take this illogical argument to its logical conclusion, we have to assume that what’s true in math class is true in any other class, right? And what’s true in school would certainly be true out in what we call the “real world,” right? So anyone who subscribes to this notion – that “meritocracy” is a tool of white supremacy – would have to also agree that the same thing applies to the employment sector. In other words, small businesses, corporate America, and the government should prepare to start handing out bonuses, raises, and promotions to racial minorities by the truckload. Not because they’ve done anything to deserve it, but simply because they overcame “systemic barriers and institutional structures” to even get to work in the first place.

What really irks us about this type of nonsense is that we know to a certainty that there are millions of black people who would automatically retch at such a suggestion. Yeah, there are always those who are willing to use any excuse to take any advantage they can get, but we’re convinced it’s a relatively small fraction of the population. No, this is the kind of work guilty liberals come up with to “make a difference in the world,” and someone really should tell them to sit down and shut the hell up before they ruin this country beyond repair.


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