Fifth Annual Research Colloquium Featuring Professor Eric Gutstein
October 5th, 2016
On October 5th, 2016, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education hosted Dr. Eric Gutstein, from the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Gutstein spoke on: Critical (mathematics) pedagogy as anti-racist, anti-capitalist praxis: Lessons from the classroom and social movements.
"In the current historical period, social movements and organizations from Black Youth Project 100 to the Chicago Teachers Union have raised the need to fight in connected ways for racial and economic justice. Simultaneously, teachers across the globe develop and teach critical curriculum designed to support young people in "reading and writing the world"--understanding and changing reality. In this talk, I sketch out work in critical mathematics in a Chicago public school, consider it as anti-racist and anti-capitalist praxis, and situate it within the struggles for self-determination and education justice by two Chicago communities. These efforts involved multi-week hunger strikes for community schools and provide lessons for classroom practice that draw from, and link to, the social movements themselves."
Eric "Rico" Gutstein is a mathematics education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He writes and teaches about critical and Freirean pedagogies, and mathematics and urban education policy. Rico has taught middle and high school mathematics in Chicago public schools and is the author of Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics: Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice (2006). He co-edited Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers (2nd Ed) (2013). Rico is a founding member of Teachers for Social Justice (Chicago) and is active in the movement against education privatization.