AWM-MAA Etta Z. Falconer Lecture 2013

Lecturer: Pat Kenschaft, Montclair State University

Improving Equity and Education: Why and How

Abstract: Drawing on both the speaker’s own experiences and research and that of others, this talk will explore ideas and behaviors that would improve equity and education, especially in mathematics. She will emphasize the importance of elementary school teachers knowing the mathematics they are supposed to teach. Why are some powerful people so opposed to teaching them the requisite mathematics? What is equity? How does mathematics education affect equity issues including those of race and gender, but also of economics, ability and personality? What is the connection between innumeracy and the pressing economic and environmental issues of our time? What roles do testing, homework and nurturing responsibility in children play?