Phi Beta Cons

Socially Constructed Mathematics

As you can read here, the University of North Carolina is hosting a professor from the University of Illinois who maintains that what “minority” students need if they’re going to understand math is for it to be presented as a “social construct.”

This makes me think of the famous hoax by Alan Sokol — a published paper contending that gravity was a “social construct.” I don’t think this is a hoax, though.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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