Equity, Mathematics Reform, and Research
William F. Tate, Beatriz S. D'Ambrosio
December 1997, Volume 28, Issue 6, Page 650
In 1984, the JRME
published a special edition entitled "Minorities and Mathematics"
and edited by Westina Matthews. She described the set of authors as a
"rainbow coalition of researchers," referring to a larger political
movement devoted to social justice. Today, the Rainbow Coalition is stalled,
in part because of a period of political retrenchment. Moreover, rhetoric
about the cognitive abilities--including mathematical ability--of culturally,
linguistically, and racially diverse students has been a part of this
political retrenchment, which is focused on eliminating race-based academic
policies. Thus, the question "Do race, class, gender, and language
ability matter in mathematics teaching and learning?" is a political
question as well as an educational question.