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Time to pull the kids out of school yet?

Three British professors recently promulgated the theory that statistics "serve white racial interests" because "numbers are neither objective nor color-blind."

This theory has also become popular in the USA:

To address the racism numbers reinforce, the professors advocate for the adoption of "QuantCrit"--a portmanteau for "quantitative analysis" and "critical race theory." Quantcrit, they say, has five key tenets, including that "numbers are not neutral."

Numbers are not neutral because "quantitative data is often gathered and analyzed in ways that reflect the interests, assumptions, and perceptions of White elites," they contend, adding that even so-called objective analysis fails to take the pervasiveness of racism into account.

Other key tenets of QuantCrit theory include realizing that math tends to legitimate existing racial inequalities, acknowledging that numerical analyses disadvantage minorities, and understanding how numbers play to the benefit of white interests.

Check out the link on guilt-tripping Asian students for "colorblind racism", too. Maybe we need to set up a new educational system.


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