Sadly, given the amount of material there is, I could write about this kind of academic insanity just about every day.
Today’s blog concerns a professor at Vanderbilt University who, using the requisite surfeit of polysyllabic ideological terms (this is supposed to impress us – did my version impress you?) informs us that mathematics is some kind of a White male plot.
I swear, this is not a parody blog. It’s real.
Here, see for yourself, via excerpts from Toni Airaksinen’s article at collegereform.org:
A Vanderbilt University professor recently complained in an academic journal article that the field of mathematics is a “white and heteronormatively masculinized space.”
In a recent article titled Unpacking the Male Superiority Myth and Masculinization of Mathematics at the Intersection, Professor Luis A. Leyva argues that factors such as teacher expectations and cultural norms “serve as gendering mechanisms that give rise to sex-based achievement differences.”
Citing the “masculinization of mathematics,” Leyva then suggests that the apparent “gender gap” in mathematical ability is socially constructed (as opposed to arising from inherently different cognitive abilities) and therefore a “myth of male superiority.”
This “myth” is further perpetuated by teachers who point out instances of female underachievement, Leyva claims, asserting that doing so can “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.”
I’ll just bet this wows ’em at Vanderbilt. And among similarly disposed ideologues at other colleges and universities across the country.
I would like to think, however, that most normal people consider this guy a nutcake, cloistered within the academic shell of “I don’t have to deal with the real world, I’m on campus”.
Incidentally, in case you might wonder what Professor Levya is notable for at Vanderbilt, I found this at his biographical page:
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Gender and educational equity in undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
Identity development at intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and mathematics among minoritized STEM students
Undergraduate mathematics classrooms as sites for academic and social support to advance STEM pipeline retention
I strongly suggest that Professor Levya stay right where he is. The Academic Shell is a perfect place to hide from the real world, where they hear this kind of, er, stuff, shake their head, maybe smile or laugh a bit, and ask for the next applicant.