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UW-Madison's Bullock shares thoughts with The Atlantic for report on race, math education

April 27, 2017
UW-Madison’s Erika Bullock was quoted in a recent report from The Atlantic headlined, “How Does Race Affect a Student's Math Education?” 

The Atlantic article examines how a new paper explores the ways in which “whiteness” reproduces racial advantages and disadvantages.

Erika Bullock
The article explores how whiteness influences what state standards value on an institutional level. Bullock emphasizes how important it is to look at math education from this broader level, not only from an interpersonal level.

However, Bullock also questioned whether or not the paper was delving deep enough into the topic of anti-blackness, because of its focus on whiteness. 

“I think it centers white (people) in a way, even as you’re thinking about interrogating whiteness,” Bullock told The Atlantic. “A framework for whiteness necessitates a discussion of anti-blackness. To operate in anti-blackness (is) a very different thing.”

Bullock is an assistant professor of mathematics education with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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