Professors at the University of Sheffield, located in South Yorkshire, England, intend to adapt their curriculum so that new students are clear about the effect that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is having on science, and in particular on the theory of gravity, synthesized by Sir Isaac Newton.

The professors say the mathematician may have benefited from “colonial-era activity” as they revise their physics curriculum to “decolonize” the engineering degree, notes The Telegraph on April 24. 

This revision would influence what students will learn about the mathematician and scientist’s three laws of motion, which form the core of modern physics, in particular about the “global origins and historical context” of his theories.

According to the leaked documents Newtonian theories will be purged in accordance with the institution’s new “draft inclusive curriculum development,” which holds that “much important engineering content and curriculum resources is based on maths developed in the 18/19th century.”

In this regard, the professors challenge “conscious and unconscious biases” that have long existed among students to confront “Eurocentric” and “white-savior” approaches to science and mathematics, and will promote “inclusive design.”

The wave of protests and outrage that such revisionism generates in the networks is becoming one of the most relevant topics. 

“When will these idiots realise that if you delve into the views/associations of historical figures who lived at times when completely different rings were acceptable you will end up “cancelling” almost everyone.”

“It’s pathetic. Don’t apply modern values to historical figures,” tweeted @Northantswhite

On the other hand, from the Twitter account @PoliticsForAlI commented, “NEW: Sir Isaac Newton has been labeled a potential beneficiary of “colonial-era activity” in preliminary plans to “decolonize” the engineering curriculum at Sheffield University.”

Some comments were not without derision for the Sheffield professors’ quip.

“NEW: Sheffield University engineering faculty members’ brains were found to have been decolonized from cells,” wrote user @LascellesH.

This is not the first time allegedly racist theories have made inroads into British university curricula, last month it was also revealed that an Oxford professor called music notation “colonialist” when reviewing the faculty’s proposals to challenge the “complicity in white supremacy” of its music curriculum, which covers Mozart and Beethoven.

In this regard, Universities Minister Michelle Donelan warned that college campuses risk imitating the Soviet Union if they “whitewash” history.

“The so-called decolonisation of the curriculum is, in effect, censoring history. It otherwise becomes fiction, if you start editing it, taking bits out that we view as stains,” Donelan declared.

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