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Decolonising mathematics: Why it’s good for us, how to begin

In this fascinating piece, specialist in mathematics education Karin Brodie highlights how decolonising mathematics can produce considerable benefits, starting with an improvement in how learners embrace the subject. Ethnomathematics has already begun as educators try to make mathematics more broadly accessible. Brodie’s piece highlights that instead of dismissing calls for the decolonisation of South Africa’s education system, we should be having more nuanced debates about the issue and addressing how to reform teaching and learning so that it works best for the majority of people. That would be good for students and for the businesses hoping to tap into a steady stream of numerate graduates.


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