Expecting math students to get the right answer is now considered to be a form of “white supremacy”

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Deconstructing Racism in Mathematics Instruction

White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions. Coupled with the beliefs that underlie these actions, they perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics.The table below identifies the ways in which white supremacy shows up in math classrooms.

Dismantling white supremacy in math classrooms

We see white supremacy culture show up in the mathematics classroom even as we carry out our professional responsibilities outlined in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). Using CSTPas a framework, we see white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom can show up when:

• The focus is on getting the “right” answer.

• Independent practice is valued over teamwork or collaboration.

• “Real-world math” is valued over math in the real world.

• Students are tracked (into courses/pathways and within the classroom).

• Participation structures reinforce dominant ways of being.

February 12, 2021. Tags: , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Math, Racism, Social justice warriors.


  1. john williams replied:

    I guess getting correct change in the bank is just white privilege also. Or a pilot that really knows how to fly? Amazing how silly these people are.

  2. Aric replied:

    As a retired Construction Estimator, I have pushed Math to the younger generations for years. It is so important to know Math, who wants to live in a house, or building whose Engineers and Architects don’t know math? I Don’t!
    A physician who needs to estimate how much to prescribe a medicine for my weight and Height? How much, how often?
    To think I was pushing racism to my younger gens all these years I’m proud to encourage math. I loved my job and miss it but I also love being retired.

  3. Sam-I-Am replied:

    And how would you like to be on the plane that was designed by engineers that couldn’t get the right answers?

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