“The Real World As We Have Seen It”: Parents’ Voices on Social Justice Mathematics
While I taught at Rivera, I knew little about what parents really thought of my mathematics class. I was aware that they were generally supportive, and I never received any complaints about my teaching, but I certainly did not know specifics. However, all that changed when the acting principal forcibly removed me at the end of the first semester in January 2003. That precipitated a struggle, including many of my students’ parents, to reinstate my position. And that led me to ask about the parents who backed my curriculum: Why do these Latino/a parents support teaching and learning mathematics for social justice? In this chapter, I explore what some of my students’ parents thought about a curriculum and pedagogy oriented toward social justice.