Meritocracy Is A "Tool Of Whiteness", Math Professor Claims

Authored by Toni Airaksinen via,

A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent academic article that “meritocracy” in math classes is a “tool of whiteness.”

Laurie Rubel implicates both meritocracy and “color-blindness” as ideological precepts that hold back racial minorities from succeeding in math classes in an article for the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Mathematics Education.

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.

Even math teachers who acknowledge race, such as those who indicate that they “can’t relate” in certain ways to students who are of a different race, are called out in Rubel’s paper.

If math teachers notice racial differences between themselves and their students, Rubel elaborates, “those differences are typically cast in terms of deficit constructions about students, their places, and their families.”

To mediate this, Rubel recommends that math teachers incorporate more social justice issues into math lessons, but warns that even “teaching for social justice” can be a “tool of whiteness” if teachers are not sufficiently attuned to the experiences of minority students.  

This is because even social justice-minded professors may inadvertently hold the “belief that effort is always rewarded, [which corresponds] to various tools of whiteness, like the myths of meritocracy and colorblindness,” Rubel writes.

Campus Reform reached out to Rubel for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.



J S Bach wee-weed up Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:53 Permalink

To "merit" means to "earn".

In a sane world and on a totally even playing field, whites would out-"earn" nearly every minority every time.  This truth drives egalitarian-minded traitors such as this author to scribe hateful, vicious, and disingenuous vitriol.  Wake up, white people... you are not only being dispossessed, humiliated and defiled, but methodically and overtly exterminated.

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peddling-fiction Bes Tue, 01/09/2018 - 23:02 Permalink

Laurie ruBEL

Before coming to teach in Brooklyn College's mathematics education program, Laurie Rubel taught high school mathematics, statistics and computer science for nine years, in Manhattan and in Tel Aviv.

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jcaz Shemp 4 Victory Wed, 01/10/2018 - 06:56 Permalink

This chick is exactly what is wrong with education today.  

After struggling 9 years teaching high school math, she finally finishes her doctorate or whatever- someone felt sorry for her, slapped her with a degree....  She gets the token Affirmative Action hire at Brooklyn College from her Jewish friends, because her parents know someone's parents.... 

Now- in her mind- she has her "voice", and feels empowered to speak about topics that she cannot possibly grasp. because she's reached the pinnacle of her life- she's become exactly what she set out to be when her own high school teachers told her that she was "special"-   she's validated her existence, which up till now she was terrified to address.

Her next step will be politics or the Fed- just watch.   She's the NYJ cliche- a light-weight academic who exists to perpetuate the system.

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Bwana jcaz Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:32 Permalink

I think what has gone on in academia is the same thing that has happened to most well established or mature businesses. It is called the "Peter Principle". This is a two fold way in which employees destroy businesses without realizing they are killing the goose that lays their golden eggs.

The first unknowing act is employees rise to their level of incompetence. In a growing company a person is hired based upon their resume and ability to get through an interview. In a mature company a person is hired because someone above the human resources head told the HR head to hire them. They are given a rudimentary job and if they do well they are promoted to a higher position which requires more ability. This continues until the employee gets up to a level where they are incompetent and cannot handle the job. They stay where they are and will not advance. In an ideal business or education facility they would be demoted back to their previous job, but in academia that never happens.

The second flaw in mature businesses or established college is all department heads and lower administrative levels fear for their jobs because of the "Peter Principle". They know they have risen to their level of incompetence. To maintain their job they see that only those too incompetent to challenge their job are promoted to a position in which their personal competence could become an issue. These people maintain their position until retirement and then the person too incompetent to challenge them is now put into their position. The combination of these two factors of the "Peter Principle" insures that the quality of business expertise or education slowly diminishes. Now you have and institution or mature business that will slowly fade into oblivion, which is exactly what is happening to all the universities because employers know that the present degrees being given are worthless in the real world.

The manager of every level of the university or business is incompetent and those above people like the idiot who penned this article don't criticize their underlings because they save that ammunition for when their job is challenged. This gives the incompetent educators license to spew forth this type of garbage.

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Precious Hawk stizazz Wed, 01/10/2018 - 06:05 Permalink

It's not the author that's the racist, it is the professor.

What he is saying is that black people are stupid and we must allow for that stupidity - give them positive discrimination in their results.

That would skew the job related qualifications indicators.

But that's what the professor wants. Unqualified people to get top jobs.


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Bigly peddling-fiction Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:44 Permalink

She needs shamed.

Anyone know her email, phone? Let it rip.   Edit: Tyler already linked. Unattractive sjw, of course..... 2nd edit....this 'journal' is written by dindus in 3rd rate colleges, mostly in Georgia. They are currently looking for an editor in chief. Anyone interested in applying so you can shut it down, please do so.

Wow- a math teacher....not womyn's studies. Her brain does not work like real mathemeticians. Her logic is fatally flawed. Pathetic.

Epic fail. Epic cunt.

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zerocash peddling-fiction Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:26 Permalink

Recorded in over seventy spellings forms including Reuben, Ruhben, Rubin and Rubel, to diminutives and patronymics such as Reubbens, Rubenovic, and Rubinivitz, this is a surname of pre 7th century Hebrew and/or Germanic origins.


"My fellow white people, we must address our white privilege."


"I am a Jew and a minority like you, fellow people of color."

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overbet Billy the Poet Tue, 01/09/2018 - 23:09 Permalink

My kid will never go to an institution like this. He's only 8 and he already knows some shit. He comes home from school and tells me the bullshit they were teaching that day which came up on his bullshit radar. We discuss them thoroughly and try to figure out what their motivation was for trying to sell him and his classmates their belief.  

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overbet Bes Tue, 01/09/2018 - 23:04 Permalink

No need to worry about trust fund babies. The money is usually gone in a generation or 2 unless they learn the skills that were required to obtain the wealth. So either a. they lose it all or b. they aquire the knowledge that would have allowed them to amass the fortune themselves.

This article isnt about trust fund babies its about our little down syndrome brothers and sister. 

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Cloud9.5 Bes Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:09 Permalink

You are no different than Mugabe.  You assume that anybody who has a little money stole it or made it in the slave trade.  You simply cannot understand how producers organize what is available to produce something of market value, sell it and make money. Your self-righteous supposition of theft is how the dependent classes justified dispossessing and murdering the farmers that made Rhodesia the bread basket of Africa.  The black nationalists seized control through popular support.  They instituted their racist policies and the ethnic cleansing and genocide of whites began.  Mugabe and his inner circle instituted a kleptocracy and became rich.   Their destruction of property rights collapsed the economy.  The kleptocracy funded its continued existence with the age old fraud of debasing the currency.  In less than 24 months, hyperinflation destroyed the currency and the black racists who supported Mugabe and his gang of thieves began to starve. 

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Precious Hawk Bes Wed, 01/10/2018 - 06:03 Permalink

It's not the author that's the racist, it is the professor.

What he is saying is that black people are stupid and we must allow for that stupidity - give them positive discrimination in their results.

That would skew the job related qualifications indicators.

But that's what the professor wants. Unqualified people to get top jobs.


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Blue Steel 309 BlackChicken Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:35 Permalink

Friends, I did not understand just how cucked the evangelicals were, until I met my wife's family. These people practically worship at the feet of jews as willing slaves. It is fucking sick.


I call them judeo-chruchian-cucks, but they are NOT Christians, not matter what they claim. They are salves who have no knowledge of Christs teachings, but plenty of apostate dogmas.

I think monotheism is insane, but at one time I was Lutheran, so I understand where Christians are coming from, and where they are being exploited, but I do not agree with them.

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