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CUNY Professor Denounces Meritocracy and Color-Blindness In Math As "Tool of Whiteness"

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Now, CUNY Professor Laurie Rubel has published a peer-reviewed article in the  Journal of Mathematics Education arguing that the concepts of meritocracy and "color-blindness" are ideological precepts that work against minorities.  It is a worrisome trend among academics to challenge even the most objective fields of advancement as requiring a more race-conscious approach.

Rubel is a former high school math teacher who published an article entitled Equity-Directed Instructional Practices: Beyond the Dominant Perspective.

She writes "Teachers who claim color-blindness . . . are, in effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial stratification on students and their families."   She insists that by rewarding students on their performance — or ability to do math — math  "functions as a tool of whiteness."

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