Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Vanderbilt Professor Says Math Education Is Sexist

Ian Miles Cheong 08/04/2017

Is math sexist? One Vanderbilt University professor believes that it is.  Writing in an academic journal last month, the professor complained about the masculinization of math and how it causes the oppression of women.  Describing mathematics as a “white and heteronormatively masculinized space,” professor Luis A. Leyva insists that factors including teacher expectations and cultural norms “serve as gendering mechanisms that give rise to sex-based achievement differences,” per Campus Reform..........In the article titled “Unpacking the Male Superiority Myth and Masculinization of Mathematics at the Intersection,” Leyva says that teachers “contribute to the masculinization of the  domain that unfairly holds students to men’s higher levels of achievement and participation as a measure of success.”

In other words, being held to a high standard keeps women down.......To Read More....

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