February 25, 2024

Math, Wages, Data, Racism

I have always believed that one of my goals as a teacher was to help my students live a better life. As a math teacher I know that the more math they learn, the more their brains grow and the better problem solvers they become. I also know that life is just a series of problems so the better we are at solving them the happier we will be. Of course I also know that the more math you learn the more choices you will have when it comes to the working world. All of this I know, but I also know that we live in a racist, unjust society that has been set up to keep the rich and powerful, rich and powerful and the rest of us hoping they’ll drop some crumbs our way.

I have been lucky enough to live all over the world, do a ton of different jobs and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. One of the big reasons I was successful as an agent of change was my ability to sort through data, see the truths it told and share those truths in such a way that everyone could understand. In order to help my students see some of those truths I created the following lesson.