# Social Justice Math

Campus Reform reports that a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago has contributed a chapter to a new textbook arguing that math teachers “have a responsibility” to adopt “social justice pedagogies.”

‘You are a slow learner, Winston,’ said O’Brien gently.

‘How can I help it?’ he blubbered. ‘How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.’

‘Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.’

## 7 thoughts on “Social Justice Math”

1. Saw the other day a comment I hope was satirical: “The theory of evolution is so heteronormative. When will scientists come up with something inclusive?!”

2. Two and two are not four.
Two and two are not five.
Two and two are not three.
Two and two are RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!!!!!!

3. The History of Teaching Mathematics

1950 – A logger sells a truckload of lumber for \$100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

1960 – A logger sells a truckload of lumber for \$100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or \$80. What is his profit?

1970 – A logger exchanges a set “L” of lumber for set “M” of money. The Cardinality of Set “M” is 100. Each element is worth \$1. Make 100 dots represent the elements of the set “M,” The set “C,” the cost of production, contains 20 fewer points than set “M.” Represent the set “C” as a subset of Set “M” and answer the following question: What is the Cardinality of the set “P” of profit?

1980 – A logger sells a truckload of lumber for \$100. His cost of production is \$80 and his profit is \$20. Your assignment: underline the number 20.

1990 – By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes \$20. What do you think of this wy of earning a living? Topic for class discussion: how do the birds and squirrels feel as the loggers cut down their homes in the trees? There are no wrong answers.

2002 – A logger sells a truckload of lumber for \$100. His cost of production is \$120. How does Arthur Andersen determine that his profit is \$60?