Democratic access to powerful mathematical ideas

Authored by: Ole Skovsmose , Paola Valero

Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education

Print publication date:  June  2008
Online publication date:  April  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805858754
eBook ISBN: 9780203930236
Adobe ISBN: 9781135192761

10.4324/9780203930236.ch17

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Abstract

Carlos and his family have to move out of his home. His mother lost her job, and the money she made through great effort to pay for their small house is in the hands of the bank. Carlos, a 10th-grade student, is one of the many Colombian youngsters who will finish high school at the beginning of the 21st century. Many of these students seem to be confused about their future. Teachers insist on the importance of schooling and learning, especially in mathematics. Yet how could that help in the real-life circumstances of children like Carlos? On the other side of the world, in Denmark, Nicolai became seriously sick after eating a homemade ice cream. Contracting salmonella via eggs, chicken, or meat products is a relatively common occurrence in Denmark. People blame quality control, but do they, in fact, know what quality control is about? Does the education that Nicolai gains in school help him understand the dangers of his apparently “safe” society?

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