Culturally Responsive Mathematics: Teaching Mathematics to Fight Racism, Sorting, and Segregation in K-8

Jane Mburu, Theodore Chao
The Ohio State University
Saturday, 11:15 pm to 12:45 pm -- Maryland 342

Mathematics classrooms in the U.S. continue to sort out culturally and linguistically diverse students, reifying myths about who is and who isn't allowed to do well in mathematics. The elementary and middle-grades are crucial in developing mathematical confidence and quantitative literacy, yet the issues of race, power, and privilege are still separated from conversations about mathematics teaching. How can we teach mathematics in ways culturally responsive ways? How can we empower our children to use mathematics to recognize and confront oppression? How can we directly call out racism and othering within mathematics teaching?