Now: The Future of Mathematics Education

Author: Esther Song1
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  • 1 Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL

In the wake of the recent wrongful deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, many more people and organizations are speaking out against anti-Black racism (see video 1 for a short synopsis of this article). Still, many wonder what race and social inequity have to do with mathematics, a subject that is widely propagated as unbiased, unaffected, and objective (Vilson 2019).

Esther Song Briefly Discusses the Focus of This Article

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the very landscape of classroom teaching has converted to completely digital

Notes

Each month during the past year, two invited authors have reflected on an important mathematics education topic from perspectives of either “Then” (the past) or “Now” (the present with an eye toward the future). As NCTM's 100 Year anniversary comes to an end, the December issue's Centennial articles will be the last in this series.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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