Blog prompt (due by seminar on October 31): (note that Gale plans to call upon students to comment on these questions throughout lecture, so please be sure that you have read the articles prior to Friday’s lecture)
Finally, I want to comment on different disciplines of math. Students in high school had the option to take either regular Math (Foundations), higher branches such as pre calc, calculus or stats, or apprenticeship and workplace math. Obviously, students who took the latter option were considered unable to do math and not going to go anywhere. Even though the course focused on material needed specifically for trade fields and was useful for students wanting to go that direction, any student who took it was looked poorly on. It seems odd to me that while we offer students who are good at different things different paths to succeed, we ostracize them for choosing those options.
2. After reading Poirier’s article, here are three ways Inuit mathematics challenge Eurocentric ideas about math: