In Liberation Math, the class, the students and I are wrapping up the semester by writing and writing some more. Students are (slowly) getting content up on a website the class has organized, and over the next couple of weeks our writings will be collected into the form of print zines focusing on different topics.
On Monday, we welcomed Shaunalynn Duffy, from Sprout & Co, who talked to us about what she does with Sprout and her educational vision. The topics ranged from science to math to music. As Shaunalynn said, the mission of Sprout is to turn science into a cultural experience, and that idea resonated with many of us in the class.
I have a few interesting readings, groups, and events along the themes of community, culture, education, and liberation:
- There is a conference happening this Saturday at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on alternatives to compulsory education. The conference is free, but they are asking people to register in advance. I would be great if someone connected with the class could go, report back to the rest of us, and even make some connections!
- On May 17-18th, there is a free conference for educators, students, and others focusing on building a social justice movement in education (Boston-area Educators for Social Justice conference). From their website, the purpose of the conference includes “develop youth leadership and youth voice in education” and “build a movement for liberatory education that combines the visions of youth, communities, families, and teachers.” Sounds great! I’m giving a talk on liberation mathematics Saturday the 18th at 10am. I’d love to see some of you there.
- Take a look at this essay about the need for storytelling in science, “instead of worrying about teaching students every fact about cell biology, why not embrace the stories of cellular biology and teach students to think like biologists.”
- Readers who were in class saw the video of me playing drums with my band at Ladies Rock Camp Boston. You can read more about my thoughts on LRCB and how it connects for me to empowering and liberatory education in this post, and if you scroll to the bottom you can find a link to that video! There is an interview with the founders of Girls Rock Camp Boston, Hilken Mancini and Nora Allen-Wiles, in the Boston Hassle.
Next Monday in class, we will:
- Watch a couple of videos focusing on teaching math concepts, and have a couple of live shares
- Get a flavor of some art from graduating seniors whose show got moved due to the events in the Boston area last Friday
- Finalize our written works, pulling the whole semester together! This means that you should all be finishing up your writing this week!
You should also work on a summary account of this class as your final blog post (of course, you are welcome to continue your blog even after the end of the semester). Take a look back through what you have written. Look over your original memory that you shared, and think about if anything has changed (or not changed!) about how you view that memory, or how you view yourself in relation to mathematics. Ultimately, what has this class meant to you? This final piece will be due on your blogs by 5/9 (that’s the thursday after our “final exam”) so that I have a chance to read them over before I have to close out the books on this semester.