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ERIC Number: EJ962357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Plotting Inequalities, Building Resistance
Renner, Adam; Brew, Bridget; Proctor, Crystal
Rethinking Schools, v26 n2 p46-49 Win 2011-2012
Media depictions of San Francisco show idyllic images of fog pouring under the Golden Gate Bridge or happy tourists riding cable cars, but rarely the mostly nonwhite neighborhoods of the east side. San Francisco public schools have a bad track record of mimicking this masquerade, with very low numbers of African American and Latina/o students making it to senior year, and less than a quarter of those who do, graduating with the credits to move on to college. June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE) is located on the east side of the city, and was started by a group of teachers and parents who were disturbed by the high numbers of black and brown youth being underserved and then dropping out. It is an intentionally small school with a focus on social justice. Part of the school's mission is to help its students become agents of social change, so making explicit connections to social issues in math class is something that the authors try to do, though many math standards do not make this easy. Students have seen and lived with the injustices for their entire lives, but are programmed to believe that poverty and violence are natural or that members of their communities and families just make bad decisions that lead to these outcomes. By having conversations based on numbers the authors are giving them the analytical tools to decipher the deluge of these messages, which is a step toward them being able to change the world around them. The inequality their students experience is planned; it is plotted. In this article, the authors describe how they, the educators, show them, the students, how to plot the(ir) inequality to build resistance. They are learning how to study in a way that puts students at the center of the academic experience. "They" are the curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California