Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics: Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice

1st Edition

Eric Gutstein

Routledge
Published December 6, 2005
Reference - 272 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415950848 - CAT# RT4143
Series: Critical Social Thought

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Summary

Mathematics education in the United States can reproduce social inequalities whether schools use either "basic-skills" curricula to prepare mainly low-income students of color for low-skilled service jobs or "standards-based" curricula to ready students for knowledge-intensive positions. And working for fundamental social change and rectifying injustice are rarely included in any mathematics curriculum. Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics argues that mathematics education should prepare students to investigate and critique injustice, and to challenge, in words and actions, oppressive structures and acts. Based on teacher-research, the book provides a theoretical framework and practical examples for how mathematics educators can connect schooling to a larger sociopolitical context and concretely teach mathematics for social justice.

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