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Category Archives: math education
Can mathematics be antiracist?
In 2017, mathematics education professor Rochelle Gutiérrez wrote that “mathematics operates as whiteness.” Word of this spread quickly, leading to a strong backlash of hate mail and offensive comments on Gutiérrez’s social media [1]. This soundbite is often quoted without … Continue reading
Moving from what and how to who: Using instructional analytics to create an inclusive mathematics classroom
Guest Authors: Daniel L. Reinholz, Robin Wilson, and Amelia StoneJohnstone Introduction, by Daniel Reinholz As mathematicians, we think deeply about what mathematics we want to share with our students. We think about all of the beautiful aspects of the discipline … Continue reading
Five Takes for the First Day
Take 1 Welcome to Math Class, I am Professor IGetToHaveAName. I will probably never learn your name, and that is okay. Who you are doesn’t matter. I may try to get you interested in math, but not actually you because … Continue reading
Toward humanizing undergraduate mathematics education: A reimagining through historical perspectives in mathematics
This blog post was inspired from my reading of Sara Hottinger’s book, Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics (2016). Hottinger’s book advanced my thinking about how cultural contexts of mathematics perpetuate gendered, racialized, and other … Continue reading
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Trans Day of Visibility: a reading list
Today, March 31st, is Transgender Day of Visibility. As seen on the left (taken from the banner on the community’s Facebook page), the day is more than just about visibility. Again, from their page, “March 31st is Transgender Day of … Continue reading
Here, There and Back Again: Developing PreService Teachers’ Racial Consciousness Abroad
Guest post by Dr. Mike Egan of Augustana College. Here “If the streets shackled my right leg, the schools shackled my left. Fail to comprehend the streets and you gave up your body now. But fail to comprehend the schools … Continue reading
Learning for EveryBody: Lessons from Susan Burch
Last week, Bates hosted speaker Susan Burch, from Middlebury College, for a workshop called “Learning for EveryBody: Inclusive Teaching and Curricular Practices”. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the interactive session and later have dinner with … Continue reading
Feminist Theory and Research Methodologies for More Socially Affirming Undergraduate Mathematics Education
Gender research in education explores, among other things, the possible reasons for women’s lower rates of achievement and retention than those of men across STEM fields including mathematics. However, much of this scholarship, particularly in mathematics education, limits its analyses … Continue reading
Supremum/Supremacy
I’m going to say something political that some of you may not like. In the spirit of The Oatmeal, I’m going to ask you to read to the end before you decide that I cannot possibly have said what I … Continue reading
Math education in the Berkeley Hills: CIME 2017
(Guest post by Dagan Karp.) I want to tell you about CIME, a super awesome workshop, even though it’s problematic in some of the ways that academic researchfocused workshops tend to be, in my experience. What the *#&% is CIME … Continue reading