That’s Not Fair and Why: Activist Mathematical Activities for Children

Theodore Chao, DeAndrea Jones, Maya Marlowe, Mandy Smith & Marguerethe Jaede
Columbus City Schools & The Ohio State University
Saturday, 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm -- Rm. F-200

Mathematics is an overlooked and powerful tool for children to document and understand injustice in their world. In this session, we introduce a series of games based on historic (Rosa Parks) and current events (Ferguson) for Pre-K and Elementary-aged children to a) understand how to recognize unfairness, b) use mathematics to talk about why things are unfair, and c) use technology (mobile phones and tablets) to recognize, document, and speak about the unfairness they see.