Ever heard of the Zero, kid?
October 3, 2006 5:44 PM Subscribe
Ignorantstudentfilter: What are some major cultural achievements or scientific discoveries that do not originate from white Europeans/Americans?
posted by bibliowench to society & culture (88 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm carefully picking my way through a freshman composition whose author claims that "Whites" are dominant because most "significant cultural and scientific accomplishments" were made by "European culture." I won't even get into his comments about welfare and rap music.
Part of me just wants to smack the student down with a bad grade and go watch Veronica Mars, but I actually like (ok, don't hate) this kid, and I want to show him why his generalizations are not just offensive but incorrect. I've got a list started (algebra, astronomy), but I'd like to have as many examples as possible, especially since he's probably inclined to dismiss me as yet another liberal teacher pushing my politically correct agenda.