Had to leave quite a bit out of last week’s article SJWs Coming for Mathematics.
The impetus for that column was an ad for math education professors who were first and foremost social justice warriors, who perhaps had a passing familiarity or interest in mathematics.
It’s not unusual for university want-ads to mention non-merit related desires. Ads for a long time included words like “Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply”. Meaning, of course, that non-minority men were not as encouraged.
Not encouraged is not quite discouraged, but the implication that women and minorities would receive extra credit for their non-merit characteristics was there.
To the extent these “affirmative action” programs were implemented, and they not always were, it meant that the white men who were hired had to better at their jobs than the minority non-men. This follows because, even if merit was absolutely equal between white men and minority non-men, preference would on average go to minority non-men. Meaning the white men hired had to be not just better, but markedly better to overcome his perceived lacks.
The resulting imbalance would then exacerbate the forces that called for the preferential hiring. “Why are the white men winning all the awards? Must be bias.” Affirmative action created a sort of arms race in grievance, leading first to the creation of SJWs, and then the open calls for SJW professors.
Now it is an invariable rule in any organization (including university departments) that when SJWs reach a critical threshold, the original goals of that organization sink into the background and politics rise to the fore.
If we, like mathematicians (who aren’t overly fond of math educationists), do not count mathematics education, it is clear STEM fields in universities have not quite reached this inflection point. But that mathematics education has been breached is important. Dispatching math teachers whose goals are to instill politics instead of math must weaken mathematics as a whole, and since mathematics is used in all scientific fields, all of science must (further) lapse into politics.
For instance, the would-be political digest Scientific American shows increasing influence of SJWs in STEM in their article “How Men Can Help Women in STEM: Shut Up, Sit Back and Listen“. (One wag said that the title is better without the colon.)
The author states that “only around 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women.” And he states it like it’s a bad thing, a problem that need redressing.
But suppose—just suppose!—men are not only more disposed to go into quantitative STEM fields, but that they are on average better at them than women.
Is so, enforcing mandatory equality quotas must lead to a diminution in research quality. Given our assumption, isn’t this so? Or does what really count is equality, not quality? If equality counts more, the awards, rewards and other perquisites should increase toward political involvement. We’re starting to see this in STEM.
Of course, the only reason to demand equality in STEM sex is because of the belief that both sexes are equally talented. Yet ever since Adam met Eve, there has never been evidence for this belief except desire.
But in our culture desire is sufficient proof for any belief. If a man desires to be a woman, he merely states that desire and voilà! he is a woman. If two man want to marry each other, they express that desire and whammo! matrimony is redefined.
Thus, desiring men and women be equal with any and every facility means they are equal. And if they are equal, the statistics must back that up. If not, then quotas must be imposed.
Equality is never enough, though. Memories are too long for activists to forget their past grievances. Whereas once “equality” means equal numbers of individuals with designated demographic characteristics (there must be and official list of such characteristics, since these are in reality almost without limit), once numerical parity is reached, “equality” will be redefined to include all once-merit-based rewards. This includes promotions, titles, and, the point of the whole thing, power.
It was always about power for SJWs. This is almost by definition, because that’s what politics is about. Previously, it was thought the results of STEM were more important than power politics inside STEM. But now that we’re well fed and have plenty of toys, and people have begun to turn inwards, it is natural that STEM results seem not as crucial.
And so politics will insinuate.