Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: June 22, 2012

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The following images are of black women who are research mathematicians.

There are not enough of them, diagnosis

Young women, especially, young black women, who think mathematics is for old, bald white Aspergic men should think again.

So should we all.

Hi, Gary,

Those common misconceptions are part of the inspiration for my new project. I want to educate children (especially inner city children) that mathematics is part of their heritage and culture — it isn’t just a bunch of old white guys!

I came across your blog via David Wees, and as a fellow mathematics educator I thought you might be able to help in spreading the word about an educational TV show for preteens about math that we’re putting together. “The Number Hunter” is a cross between Bill Nye The Science Guy and The Crocodile Hunter — bringing math to children in an innovative, adventurous way. Iâ€™d really appreciate your help in getting the word out about the project.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo

I studied math education at Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. It became clear to me during my studies why weâ€™re failing at teaching kids math. We’re teaching it all wrong! Bill Nye taught kids that science is FUN. He showed them the EXPLOSIONS first and then the kids went to school to learn WHY things exploded. Kids learn about dinosaurs and amoeba and weird ocean life to make them go â€œwowâ€. But what about math? You probably remember the dreaded worksheets. Ugh.

Iâ€™m sure you know math is much more exciting than people think. Fractal Geometry was used to create â€œStar Warsâ€ backdrops, binary code was invented in Africa, The Great Pyramids and The Mona Lisa, wouldnâ€™t exist without geometry.

Our concept is to create an exciting, web-based TV show thatâ€™s both fun and educational.

If you could consider posting about the project on your blog, Iâ€™d very much appreciate it. Also, if you’d be interested in link exchanging (either on The Number Hunter site, which is in development, or on StatisticsHowTo.com which is a well-established site with 300,000 page views a month) please shoot me an email. We’re also always looking for input and ideas from other math educators!

Thanks in advance for your help,

Stephanie

andalepublishing@gmail.com

http://www.thenumberhunter.com

http://www.statisticshowto.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo

1 | conorjh

June 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

The use of the word “Aspergic” as a pejorative in poor taste? Is it clear the people in the picture aren’t “Aspergic”? Does it matter if they are or aren’t.

Gary Ernest Davis

July 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

You see “Aspergic” as pejorative but not “old”, “bald”, “white” or “men” ?