quote:Originally posted by kresge:
Why are books on Linux more relevant than say Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois. Why is Dancing Wu Li Masters more relevant than Toni Morrison's Beloved or Michel Foucaults Order of Things. In the context of this thread, I believe that such a list would facilitate the kind of critical thinking that is often lacking many institutions of higher education. I could not possibly list all the books that have impacted me. I have over 500 books in my office at home.
Arthur B. Powell's Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education (1997) and Marcia Ascher's Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas (1994) are two books that I would love more math teachers to incorporate into their lessons. However, the difference between me and some others is that I know this will never happen if I only present a list of books to people in a discussion forum. The only way to make this happen is by physically taking these books to schools and suggesting that teachers incorporate the information presented in these books into their lessons.
Teachers are not limited to the sources of information they can use in their classrooms. A language arts teacher, for example, is not prohibited from reading Toni Morrison or Langston Hughes to his students. It really depends on the literature the teacher deems significant and important enough to share with his or her students. Part of the problem is that some teachers are not reading books like these themselves, preferring to just teach whatever scripted curriculum is handed to them by the county. In response to these nonreaders, I know of a principal (African-American man) in Maryland who went so far as to create a mandatory reading list for his teachers! The teachers were expected to have read all of the books on the list before the school year ended. I thought it was a great idea.