Explore the racial and social justice issues that can be addressed in math classrooms, and both the benefits and pitfalls of this approach to STEM education.
Math can be used as a vehicle to teach and learn about issues of racial and social (in)justice. At the same time, students can learn math as they explore issues.
A partial list of topics that can be explored in a RadicalMath classroom include:
Criminalization of People of Color
Issues include prisons/jails, policing, racial profiling, death penalty, facial recognition technology, surveillance, etc.
Issues include: gentrification, redlining, racial covenants, segregation, home ownership, houselessness, etc.
Issues include: asthma, health insurance, diabetes, smoking, COVID, environmental racism/pollution, food insecurity, etc.
Issues include DACA, separation and imprisonment of children, unaccompanied minors, deportation, surveillance, etc.
Issues include: racial wealth gap, low-wage labor, predatory lenders, access to banks, workers rights, unions, sweatshops, etc.
Issues include: gender pay gaps, anti-trans violence, women in prisons, sexual exploitation, childcare, etc.