A High School Statistics Class Investigates the Death Penalty

  • A High School Statistics Class Investigates the Death Penalty

    Anastasia Brelias
    Recommendations for reforming high school mathematics curricula emphasize the importance of engaging students in mathematical investigations of societal issues (CCSSI 2010; NCTM 2000). Proponents argue that these investigations can positively influence students’ social awareness and their perceptions of the use of mathematics for understanding societal problems (Frankenstein 1997; Gutstein 2006; Skovsmose 1994). In this article, I share results from my analysis of high school students’ experiences as they participated in an investigation of racial bias and the death penalty. Although this classroom investigation took place about ten years ago, the lessons from students’ experiences are still relevant today.
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