(Cross-posted at NewAPPS.)

It's *very* funny, no doubt about that, but also somewhat disturbing. There are in particular all kinds of gender dimensions worth emphasizing -- at some point, one of the 'contestants' says that math should be taught in schools, "but not to women". Sounds absurd, but if you recall that not that long ago speaking Barbie dolls had 'Math is so hard!' as one of their pre-recorded statements, it's clear that this is not coming out of nowhere. (Of course, the problem also lies with the very concept of beauty queens and beauty contests, but let's not get started.)

Anyway, I guess the bottom line is that we should be happy that, unlike biologists, mathematicians and philosophers of mathematics do not need to defend the very idea of teaching math in schools. And of course, yay for Miss Vermont!

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