Originally posted by @wajoma
An event celebrating mathematical knowledge and D64's main concern is dividing, classifying and staticising the participants by race. D64, what mathematical formula did you use for mixed race participants, does 50/50 put them in some kind of nether region or do you wave your wand?
*waving wand* "Walla (as the french say) you are now asian." says D64
...[text shortened]... ants took advantage of free market private tution to supplement the state brain washing factory.
Wajoma shows his usual abysmal ignorance, prejudice, and racism.
"An event celebrating mathematical *knowledge* ..."
The International Mathematical Olympiad does *not* 'celebrate mathematical knowledge'.
There are many professors who *know* more mathematics than the secondary school
students in the IMO, but these professors would do worse at *solving its problems*.
The IMO tests insight and ingenuity in solving challenging problems *without* requiring
students to have been taught (or memorized) advanced techniques of 'heavy machinery'.
I believe that, at least in theory, no knowledge of calculus is required to solve IMO problems.
The IMO prefers that a student show ingenuity in using elementary methods to solve problems
rather than regurgitate more powerful methods typically learned long after secondary school.
Discussing the IMO's domination by students of East Asian heritage should offend no one
any more than discussing the NBA's domination by players of black African heritage.
I know that the IMO's results will upset white racist supremacists (including many in this forum).
In the Science forum, Eladar earlier attempted to argue that the IMO's results help
prove the intrinsic superiority of white people over black people in intelligence.
No predominantly black African country ever has performed very well at the IMOs,
and I don't know of any individual black African student who ever has done so.
South Africa (with a team of Asians and whites) has done best in sub-Saharan Africa.
Eladar preferred not to draw any conclusions from the fact that usually only a rather
small minority of the top students at the IMOs are white.
I also know that many white people still like to regard Asians as inferior in intelligence.
I have not noticed most white people freely (rather than grudgingly at best) acknowledging
the generally superior performance of East Asians (particularly Chinese) in mathematics
and science competitions, both internationally and in Western societies like the USA.
I have not noticed any white person drawing the conclusion that the consistent superior
performances of East Asians mean that white people *could* be inferior in intelligence.
Wajoma's apparent (desperate) racist belief that many, if any, of the IMO's top students of
East Asian heritage must be half-white (and derive their intelligence from superior 'white' genes)
has no factual basis. East Asian societies like China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea (both),
and Vietnam have tiny minorities of people who are half-white by ancestry, and these
'mixed race' people are not known for being more likely to surpass 'pure' East Asians academically.
I would note that the top countries in the IMOs have very diverse school systems.
The USA's closest to Wajoma's dystopian ideal of laissez-faire capitalism in education.
But the USA's team usually drawn disproportionately from its tiny Chinese minority
(four Chinese out of six members in 2017), who tend to embrace cultural ideals different
from the dominant American culture's emphasis on making money as easily as possible.
The DPRK (North Korea), which usually has a strong team, did not participate in the 2017 IMO.
The DPRK (whose educational system is completely controlled by the state) performed
better (5th) than the much more populous and wealthy USA (6th) at the 2009 IMO.
When the DPRK has participated recently, it almost finishes from 4th to 8th place.
I suspect that many racist readers here may be offended by the reality that right-wing
white males (like themselves) do *not* (with rare exceptions at most) excel in mathematics
competitions or other tests of intelligence. Indeed, there's some evidence indicating
that right-wing white males tend to be more stupid than most other people.