“Our Issues, Our People—Math as Our Weapon”: Critical Mathematics in a Chicago Neighborhood High School

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This article provides an example of, and lessons from, teaching and learning critical mathematics in a Chicago public neighborhood high school with a social justice focus. It is based on a qualitative study of my untracked, 12th–grade mathematics class, a full–year enactment of mathematics for social and racial justice. Students were Black and Latin@ from a low–income, working–class community with a tradition of resistance. Any neighborhood student could enroll without selection criteria. The class goal was for students to cocreate a classroom in which they would learn and use collegepreparatory, conceptually based mathematics to study and understand social reality to prepare themselves to change it. Through analyzing my practice, I address possibilities and challenges of curriculum development and teaching, examine student learning, and pose questions and directions for further research and practice.

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Eric “Rico” Gutstein, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1040 W. Harrison St., M/C 147, Chicago, IL 60607; gutstein@uic.edu

(Corresponding author is Gutstein gutstein@uic.edu)
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

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