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Friday, October 25 • 09:45 - 11:00
Mathematics of All

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The vision of "math for all" challenges an elitist view of mathematics as only for the deserving few. But in pursuing a more humanistic, universally accessible approach to mathematics education, "math for all" stands on as strident a counter-claim—that we "all" really need mathematics to live/succeed/survive in this world. What if this was not the case? How would that affect the way we teach mathematics? In this talk, I will describe some of the pressure points that prop up both sides of these positions. I will also propose some ideas for a “mathematics of all" that both acknowledge and avoid the problematic nature of each extreme, and that strive towards a less western, ableist and utilitarian conception of mathematics.

Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00 PDT