Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice
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.
"This book makes a fine contribution and should provoke teachers (and not just those in the United States) to consider the political work that is teaching mathematics." --Andrew Noyes, University of Nottingham, England, Mathematical Thinking and Learning