Humanizing Mathematics through Historical Contexts
Help me give my students more perspective on their identity as students of mathematics by sharing with them these classic posters that feature examples of mathematicians and mathematics from across the world and throughout history.
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The students at our school rise to the challenges of growing up in working class communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. They represent a wide spectrum of American experiences which enriches their shared experience of education and growth. By coming together to learn and grow, our students prepare themselves to lead in their communities and in wider society.
The tenacity, spirit, resiliency, wit, passion, and potential of our student body is difficult to describe in words alone, but it inspires me everyday even as it challenges me to be my best self for them.
Our future leaders will be lucky to include such talented young people in their ranks.
Students from diverse urban backgrounds can feel alienated from school math because they do not see how it relates to their diverse identities and backgrounds. School math is often presented in an abstract way that focuses on the achievements of Europeans and the ancient Greeks. Non-western perspectives on the history of math have been researched in depth over the past 20 years since the publishing of the classic book 'The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics'. However, these ideas have not yet changed the discourse around school math that most students experience. By highlighting relevant and interesting vignettes, artifacts, and art from the multicultural history of mathematics, these posters and associated lessons will give students a positive and meaningful context in which to engage with learning mathematics in school.
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