401-M-11-Social_Justice_Mathematics

401-M-11-Social_Justice_Mathematics - CI 401 Vanessa...

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Vanessa Sanchez Gabe Torres Kelly Yedinak CI 401
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Social justice mathematics is a practice to include social, political, and economic issues in the math classroom. It presents current issues to students and motivates them to be a part of the solution.
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It can be used with: privileged students in order to expose them to the social injustices that they do not experience themselves students experiencing the inequity in order to empower them to combat the oppression or problems Ex: Students can work on a budget for someone living in poverty and discuss or write a reflection on related questions.
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Proponents say: Many of the social issues of today affect students (ex: poverty, achievement gap across races, prisons, racial profiling, loans, gentrification, etc.) Presenting social issues in math can help inspire students to become active citizens who will work towards solutions to such problems It can also motivate target groups that might otherwise be disinterested in math and, thus, score lower on achievement tests Students will recognize the utility of math
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Opponents say: It creates too much political tension in the math classroom. Teachers will influence their students too much to the left. Students have always viewed teachers as the expert so they will trust their teacher’s viewpoint. “True” mathematics is being compromised when more focus is placed on social issues rather than learning the important material in math. Schools need to be providing students with the proper math foundation in order to train future engineers and researchers.
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A. Yes, it will increase math scores for the most struggling students, such as the minority students and those living in poverty. B. Yes, it is important to make students aware of the issues that they will be or are encountering in order to empower them to bring about change. C.
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course CI 401 taught by Professor Poetzel during the Fall '11 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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