“You’re doing the same thing when you describe your Black and Latino students as ‘very bright’”
Imagine saying something like this about any other group. It wouldn’t be tolerated.
Campus Reform reports:
University researcher: ‘Intelligence is a White man’s mythology’
A University of Cincinnati graduate assistant wrote that “intelligence is a White man’s mythology.”
“Stop calling your female colleagues ‘smart,’ or ‘clever,’ or ‘brilliant,’” wrote Mel Andrews, who studies cognition and evolution. “It’s sexist and infantilising… it shouldn’t be surprising to you in 2021 that women are capable of thought.”
“You’re doing the same thing when you describe your Black and Latino students as ‘very bright,’” added Andrews.
“Intelligence is a White man’s mythology. A phantasmal concept. A non-referring term. Syncategorematic,” Andrews wrote.
Indicating that the post was entirely serious, it was followed by an excerpt from a chapter Andrews wrote for a book entitled Handbook of Parenting.
Andrews cited works claiming that “more than a century of wanton reductionism and definitional vagueness in the study of intelligence and human potential has perpetuated a stratified social order and obscured the true dynamic complexity and diversity of human cognitive development.”
Don’t believe me that intelligence is fake? Here are excerpts from a chapter I coauthored. This was my contribution: pic.twitter.com/JCQlfbXKIF
— Mel Andrews (@bayesianboy) February 24, 2021
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