I have discovered a very strange thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-racist_math http://www.gnxp.com/MT2/archives/003450.html I don't think I want to have a discussion about math teaching pedagogy. But what about the whole social relativistic and postmodern ideas that science is just as much a social construction as anything else. I have a friend that studies literature and he loves to read stuff with strange postmodern theories. He has no real grasp of science and is always aware or afraid of discrimination, the role of males and christianity in western culture and other things like that. He claims his ideas mainly come from foucault and/or Derrida. I believe science does not equal to reality but that scientific models and theories describe reality. And I also believe science is the most objective and effective method we could wish for. My friend keept talking about 'social construction' and 'cultural influence'. I have problems making an argument that is 'true' from his relativistic perspective And now we have feminists trying to blame differences in math scores in the US regarding ethnicity and male 'superiority' on (the nature of) math? Any ideas about this form of 'scientific relativism'?