Jun 27, 2005

"Seeing math all around us" [LINK]

The table of contents for a new textbook, Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers.

Part One: Viewing Math Broadly

  • Teaching Math Across the Curriculum, by Bob Peterson
  • Teaching Suggestions: "Disparities in Wealth" Cartoon
  • Activity Box: No-TV Week Math
  • Driving While Black or Brown: A Math Project About Racial Profiling
  • Reading the World with Math, by Marilyn Frankenstein
  • Teaching Suggestions: "The War in Iraq" Boondocks Cartoon
  • Activity Box: Using Math to Take a Critical Look at How the Unemployment Rate Is Determined
  • The War in Iraq: How Much Does It Cost?
  • Race, Retrenchment, and the Reform of School Mathematics, by William F. Tate
  • Environmental Hazards: Is Environmental Racism Real?
  • Historical, Cultural, and Social Implications of Mathematics, by S.E. Anderson

    Part Two: Infusing Social Justice into Math Classes

  • Home Buying While Brown or Black, by Eric Gutstein
  • Teaching Suggestions: Corporate Control of U.S. Media Line Graph
  • Teaching Suggestions: "And How Do You Spend Your Wages?" Cartoon
  • Sweatshop Accounting, by Larry Steele
  • Activity Box: How Do You Live on 31 Cents an Hour?
  • Teaching Suggestions: The Global Capitalist Economy Cartoon
  • Globalization, Labor, and the Environment: A Linear Programming Unit
  • Poverty and World Wealth: Recognizing Inequality
  • Unequal Distribution of U.S. Wealth: Recognizing Inequality, Part Two
  • Chicanos Have Math in Their Blood, by Luis Ortiz-Franco
  • Activity Box: The Hidden Grain in Meat
  • Understanding Large Numbers, by Bob Peterson
  • Activity Box: How Many Sears Towers Tall Is $135 Billion?
  • "With Math, It's Like You Have More Defense," by Erin E. Turner and Beatriz T. Font Strawhun
  • Designing a Wheelchair Ramp: Putting the Pythagorean Theorem to Use
  • Radical Equations: A Review of the Book by Bob Moses and Charles E. Cobb Jr., by David Levine
  • The Geometry of Inequality, by Andrew Brantlinger
  • South Central Los Angeles: Ratios and Density in Urban Areas
  • Integrals and Equity, by Megan Staples
  • HIV/AIDS Status: Using Statistics to Understand Ratios
  • Teaching Suggestions: HIV Status Bus Stop Photo
  • Justice for Janitors: Rich Lessons in the Power of Math
  • Math, Maps, and Misrepresentation, by Eric Gutstein
  • Teaching Suggestions: Map of Territory That Mexico Lost to the United States
  • Real-World Projects: Seeing Math All Around Us
  • Teaching Suggestions: "Do You Support Invading Iraq?" Cartoon
  • Deconstructing Barbie: Math and Popular Culture
  • Multicultural Math, by Claudia Zaslavsky
  • Tracking PA Announcements: Collecting Data in the Classroom

    Part Three: Infusing Social Justice Math into Other Curricular Areas

  • Ten Chairs of Inequality, by Polly Kellogg
  • Fast Foods, Junk Foods, and Advertising: Analyzing the Barrage of Advertising Aimed at Children
  • Write the Truth: Presidents and Slaves, by Bob Peterson
  • Teaching Suggestions: "Eight Companies Earn More" One-Dollar Bill Graphic
  • Libraries, Books, and Bias: Using Math to Raise Issues of Representation
  • The Mathematics of Lotteries: Going Beyond Probability
  • The Transnational Capital Auction, by Bill Bigelow
  • Sweatshop Math: Taking a Closer Look at Where Kids' "Stuff" Comes From
  • Teaching Suggestions: "Work Faster!" Cartoon

    Part Four: Resources for Rethinking Mathematics

  • Websites, Math Curriculum and Pedagogy, Books with Theoretical/Academic Perspectives, Curriculum Guides/Resources, Children's Books, Sources for Maps, and More
  • The Rethinking Schools website also features such titles as Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World; Rethinking Columbus; The Real Ebonics Debate; Classroom Crusades: Responding to the Religious Right's Agenda for Public Schools; and Failing Our Kids: Why the Testing Craze Won't Fix Our Schools.

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