Think back on your experiences of the teaching and learning of mathematics -- were there aspects of it that were oppressive and/or discriminating for you or other students?
My experience with math throughout my schooling was not great, due to the fact that I did not enjoy math. Because I had this pre-conceived notion that I was not particularly great at math I did not really push myself to improve. But besides this sort of self restriction that I imposed on myself I did not experience any other things that would hinder my ability to learn math. I did not experience any discrimination or oppressive actions. I also did not observe anything happening to other students in my schools that would be considered oppressive or discriminating.
After reading Poirier’s article: Teaching mathematics and the Inuit Community, identify at least three ways in which Inuit mathematics challenge Eurocentric ideas about the purposes mathematics and the way we learn it.
I like the Inuit way of learning math. I learned some of the base 20 math in my math 101 class. One way that it challenges our Eurocentric ideas is that the math the Inuit people learn is base 20 like I said earlier. The Inuit way of learning is a lot more natural. Focuses way less on the south way of education. That is the traditional sitting in the desk, taking notes, and doing assignments. I think because the students are more exposed to the environment that is why their spatial skills are a lot better than students with a more formal education. The Inuit way of using the calendar is also different than ours. As their calendar is based on common occurring events that take place throughout the year as opposed to our view that is based off of the sun’s position.