Recently there has been a facebook campaign to raise awareness of the struggle for LGBT equality, whereby facebook users change their profile pictures to an "equal" sign. This campaign seems to be successful in the sense that it communicates and determines a social consensus in favor of equality for LGBT.
This made me think of the idea of communicating and determining a social consensus more generally. In particular, I suspect that mathematical awareness at an earlier age will instill in society the idea of equality. The equality sign and its uses in mathematics are exactly the same type of social thought that can lead individuals to think in terms of equality of rights. For example, x can equal 3, even though these are different entities. x can also equal 5. It can equal many things. If children learn how to use the equality sign early, they will be able to employ the same thought process later in life when exposed to different values of "x", like LGBT, women, blacks, etc.
Are there any known philosophers who have thought in this direction?