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  1. At the beginning of the reading, Leroy Little Bear (2000) states that colonialism "tries to maintain a
  2. singular social order by means of force and law, suppressing the diversity of human worldviews. ...
  3. Typically, this proposition creates oppression and discrimination" (p. 77). Think back on your
  4. experiences of the teaching and learning of mathematics -- were there aspects of it that were
  5. oppressive and/or discriminating for you or other students?

While math itself is fairly innocent in comparison to other social sciences, or even the sciences
themselves, the main issue with math comes from the different kinds of learners. Where some children are
able to easily pick up on math quite easily, others tend to have a much more difficult time doing so. This
is because, for the most part, the traditional ways of teaching mathematics by putting a problem up on the
board only complements visual learners. I myself had issues with this because I was much more of an
auditory learner, only getting through my math classes by learning how to put questions into my calculato
r and not by actually solving the questions the way I was taught. Yet, I never received any extra help,
or any different ways of teaching despite the fact that my grades clearly showed that I was not
understanding the material. This kind of education also discriminates children with autism as, for many
of them, their brains do not process information the ways that math is taught. For example, children with
Aspergers, who generally think through using pictures, will not be able to think in the ways that most
people are taught.

  1. After reading Poirier’s article: Teaching mathematics and the Inuit Community, identify at leas three
  2. ways in which Inuit mathematics challenge Eurocentric ideas about the purposes mathematics and
  3. the way we learn it.

After reading Poirier’s article, the three ways in which Inuit mathematics is through: the traditional inuit
calendar, using their bodies for measurement, and through learning mathematics in their own languages.
All of these ways of education not only enhance the thought processes of the learners, as it is something
that they are familiar/interested in. This can immensely impact the learning of Inuit children in a very
positive way. These Inuit ways of mathematics are good as they challenge Eurocentric norms of
modern society and they are completely needed in order to change our society for the better.


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