A math teacher at the University of Illinois has published an article arguing that math skills are an exemplification of white privilege, claiming that since they are derived from Greek and other European roots, subjects like algebra and geometry are bleached white.

The merits of the article, “Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods,” are now being debated across the web.

“School mathematics curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean Theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans,” she says, according to Campus Reform.

She also says that addressing equity in mathematics education will come when teachers can understand and negotiate the politics outside the classroom.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as white,” she writes.

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