401-M2-SocialJustice - Social Justice Mathematics By: Jen...

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Social Justice Mathematics By: Jen Loewenstein, Lauren Nowak, Lindsay Anderson and Ashlyn Erickson
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I Clicker Question When you were a high school student, approximately what percentage of the math you covered had to do with relevant social issues? A) 0% B) 5% C) 15% D) 30% E) 50% or more
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What is Social Justice Mathematics? It is the use of math to teach and learn about specific issues of social and economic justice. It also is a way one can learn math by looking at social justice issues, which will increase mathematical literacy. A goal in social justice mathematics is that students can understand social justice issues and think of ways to solve them using mathematical knowledge.
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Why is Social Justice Mathematics “Hot”? Social Justice Mathematics helps students realize their own possible influence as active citizens in constructing a democratic society and prepare to have an active role in society. Allows students to use math as an analytical tool to understand and potentially change the world, which leads to high-level mathematical thinking and understanding of social issues. There are many diverse students represented in classrooms, which brings up issues of race, poverty, etc. Thus it is important to approach those issues to bring understanding, which can be done through the use of math.
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I Clicker Question How many people in the United States live below the poverty line? A) 5.6 million B) 12.8 million C) 26 million D) 37 million
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How many people in the United States live below the poverty line? A) 5.6 million
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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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401-M2-SocialJustice - Social Justice Mathematics By: Jen...

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