Radical Algebra: Who Figures in Equations?

Radical Algebra: Who Figures in Equations?

RADICAL EQUATIONS: MATH LITERACY AND CIVIL RIGHTS, by Robert P. Moses with E. Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Beacon Press, 2001 192 pp. $21

IS MATH EDUCATION today’s civil rights struggle? Are children in inner-city and poor rural schools the dispossessed sharecroppers of our age? Does a student who learns algebra in the middle school years, like a sharecropper who registered to vote for the first time in the 1960s, then possess the means to reach the “promised land” of full citizenship? In Radical Equations, Bob Moses, the legendary organizer of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) Mississippi Freedom Summer and voter registration drives, joins with a former SNCC colleague, Charles Cobb, to raise these questions and to make a powerful argument that the answer is yes.

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