A Cultural History of Reforming Math for All: The Paradox of Making In/equality

1st Edition

Jennifer D. Diaz

Published October 3, 2017
Reference - 134 Pages
ISBN 9781138638402 - CAT# Y227289
Series: Routledge Cultural Studies in Knowledge, Curriculum, and Education


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While many accept that math is a universal, culturally indifferent subject in school, this book demonstrates that this is anything but true. Building off of a historically conscious understanding of school reform, Diaz makes the case that the language of mathematics, and the symbols through which it is communicated, is not merely about the alleged cultural indifference of mathematical thinking; rather, mathematical teaching relates to historical, cultural, political, and social understandings of equality that order who the child is and should be. Focusing on elementary math for all education reforms in America since the mid-twentieth century, Diaz offers an alternative way of thinking about the subject that recognizes the historical making of contemporary notions of inequality and difference.

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