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Bernie Likes Canada’s Medical System – Math is Too White

Bernie Sanders awed by Canadian health care

The Vermont senator and former presidential candidate says the great lesson he learned during a tour of Toronto hospitals is that Canada’s health system is innovative, contrary to what he hears from U.S. critics.
U.S. senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says Americans have much to learn from health systems outside their borders, including Canada’s.

“We do not in the United States do a good job in looking around the rest of the world and asking the questions that have to be asked,” he said Saturday during a tour of three Toronto hospitals.

The independent senator from Vermont has been crusading for the creation of a single-payer health system in the United States, much like Canada’s.

He told reporters that his most important takeaway from the tour is that Canada’s health system is innovative, contrary to what he hears from U.S. critics.

“What we heard was incredibly innovative. In fact, they are proud to be doing things that are leading the world. I think it is not a fair argument to say that the system here is not a strong system and innovative system.”

Canadian Politician Comes to U.S. for Heart Surgery

It is rare that a simple matter of patient choice causes an international flap.

But that’s what happened when 60-year-old Danny Williams of St. John’s, Newfoundland, decided to go to the U.S. for heart surgery.

That’s because Williams isn’t just any old Newfoundlander — he’s the premier of Canada’s easternmost province, the head of its government.

The disclosure Tuesday that Williams was in an undisclosed location in the U.S., having an undisclosed procedure that he couldn’t get in Newfoundland, brought catcalls from both sides of the border.

Crossing the Border for Care

Frustrated by long waits, some Canadians are heading to the U.S. for medical treatment.

When Sharon Shamblaw was diagnosed last summer with a form of blood cancer that could only be treated with a particular stem cell transplant, the search for a donor began. A Toronto hospital, 100 miles east of her home in St. Mary’s, Ontario, and one of three facilities in the province that could provide the life-saving treatment, had an eight-month waiting list for transplants.

Four months after her diagnosis, Shamblaw headed to Buffalo, New York, for treatment. But it was too late. She died at the age of 46, leaving behind a husband and three children, as detailed by the Toronto Star.

Frustrated with their much-maligned health-care system, many Americans look at the Canadian system with admiration. While promoting his 2007 movie “Sicko,” for example, filmmaker Michael Moore called on his compatriots to “push politicians to pass legislation so that [Americans could have] the system they have in, say, Canada.”

Now math is too White, next it will be light is too White

et one professor at the University of Illinois has made it her field of study to make mathematics–specifically math education–about race and feelings. And to Rochelle Gutierrez, it’s too White.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,” Gutierrez argued.

Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

Nope. Not even close.

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