Liberation mathematics is about people claiming and using mathematical power. It is about acknowledging the shame and frustration we all hold around mathematics, and doing something about it. It is about critically examining the structure of mathematics education and the place of mathematics in our lives and in the world.
The goals of the website are to provide a place for people to share experiences of and thoughts about mathematics. Liberation mathematics aims to provide a place for those without a voice to find and practice using their voice. Future offerings planned on the website include ways to share experiences, memories, and reflections, as well as an online workshop on the development of mathematical power.
Who is behind this website? I’m Angela Vierling-Claassen, and I’m a professor of mathematics at Lesley University. I got a PhD in mathematics from Boston University and I have taught mathematics at BU, Harvard, Lesley, and other places. I realized a couple of years ago that shame was playing a large role in my own life as a mathematician and in my classroom. So I started to learn about shame, and to research its impact on mathematics teaching and learning. While doing that work, I became interested in relational practice in education, and how the relationships between me and students were impacting both me and my students. I also became interested in critical pedagogy, and the idea of developing a critical awareness of mathematical education, particularly through noticing who is left without a voice and trying to include those disenfranchised by mathematics in conversations about math. Finally, I started to use memory as a tool to understand and interrogate mathematical identity. I have been working to pull together all of these themes into a course (running in spring 2013 at Lesley University), workshops, and more.
You can reach me in lots of ways!
- Interact with my twitter accounts: @liberationmath and @faroop
- Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Interact with me on G
- Dig into my teaching & research blog: http://angelavc.wordpress.com/
- Comment on this website!
When I’m not doing this work, I am spending time with my awesome family (I’m the dark-haired adult one in the photo). We write about being a carfree family at http://carfreecambridge.com.