iMATHination 2013 Saturday Keynote

Danny Bernard Martin
Danny Martin is Professor of Education and Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He teaches content and methods courses in the undergraduate elementary education program as well as courses in the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Martin’s research has focused primarily on understanding the salience of race and identity in African American learners’ mathematical experiences. Dr. Martin is author of the book Mathematics Success and Failure Among African Youth (2000, Erlbaum) and editor of Mathematics Teaching, Learning, and Liberation in the Lives of Black Children(2009, Routledge).
Prior to coming to UIC, he was Instructor and Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Contra Costa College for 14 years, serving as Chair for three years, and was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow from 1998-2000.

Proofs and Refutations:
The Truth About Black Children and Mathematics
In this presentation, Dr. Martin will discuss how the identities of Black children as Black children and as mathematics learners are socially constructed through a process involving conjecture, evidence, verification, and proof. Based on the ways that it has typically been used in mainstream research and policy contexts, this process has led to a commonsense and largely uncontested understanding that Black children are maladaptive in their everyday behaviors and intellectually inferior to white and Asian children in mathematics. This process is also accompanied by a logic which demands that one must prove that Black children are brilliant. As a result, the brilliance of Black children in mathematics is rarely the starting point in research and policy discussions but is often framed as a counterexample. Dr. Martin will explain why he believes this model of framing Black children’s identities and competencies makes it very difficult for researchers, teachers, policy makers, and the public at large to accept and invest in the idea that Black children truly are brilliant.

Dr. Martin's presentation can be downloaded by clicking the link below:
The Truth About Black Children (Power Point)