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Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project Paperback – February 1, 2002
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THIS IS A RESULT THAT EVERY TEACHER AND EVERY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT! THIS BOOK SHOULD BE IN EVERY SCHOOL LIBRARY!
I have only one small carp with this book. On page 7 is the statement: "The result was the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the world's first programmable computer. I asked three Afro-American students, ages 15-21, what was the world's first programmable computer, and not one of them mentioned ENIAC. Rather, they all replied that the first programmable computer was the Zuse Z3. They were all correct. The Z3, disigned and built by Konrad Zuse in Germany, and operational in 1939, approximately 2 years before ENIAC, was the world's first programmable computer. Fortunately, the German High Command didn't take Zuse and his computer seriously.
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Robert Moses is a brilliant mathematician, and a little bit of a seer, who sets himself the task of defining his life in terms that constitute a radical equation.
Moses relates his personal history in the movement that broke the back of segregation and Jim Crow in the South. He connects the young SNCC field secretaries, who, with guidance from the older local organizers like Amzie Moore and Fannie Lou Hamer helped black communities take charge of their own destinies. And, he demonstrates how economic factors have made math illiteracy the functional equivalent of political disenfranchisement that threatens future generations of black youth with a bondage no less frightening.
Moses' vision is profound rather than simple. Charles Cobb, Jr. does an artful job of helping Moses find a voice capable of uttering the insights of a lifetime of formidable accomplishment. Particularly since, as Moses admits, " reaching out to probe into really personal things isn't a particularly strong point of mine."
Caveat emptor: this is not just a ripping memoir of the Southern civil rights movement. It is that, but Moses is a demanding teacher. He makes his audience come to grips with and think about the dehumanizing legacies of the "isms" he's spent a lifetime combating in Africa as well as America. This may put off some readers, as it clearly did some reviewers. Too bad. Those who do the math with Bob Moses will learn from their struggle -- and be thankful for his.
The beginning of the book reads like Moses' autobiography about his years organizing in Mississippi. He then discusses how groups like the Jews, Koreans, and Chinese relied on math as the basis for their upward mobility. Moses' theory is that as the world becomes more and more focused on technology and innovation, math will have an even greater importance.
Summation: Read this book -- it is very eye-opening.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Algebra in the 6th grade is the new Civil Rights effort or old since Bob Moses has been doing this for decades. The rest of the educational establishment just caught on.Published 3 months ago by A. steely
Love this book for the different historical perspective of people involved in social justice activities in the community.Published 6 months ago by mome2be
Fascinating account of the on-the-ground civil rights " right to vote" campaign in the SOUTH. Read morePublished 6 months ago by howard phillips
The Project, the Man and the book are exceptional and is a 'must know and read' for every mathematics educator and policy maker.Published 7 months ago by Jacqueline Robinson
As a math teacher who works with minority youth in New York City, I was interested in reading about the Algebra Project, a grassroots effort to get disadvantaged students into... Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Timothy Haugh
If you care about the future of our children you need to read "Radical Equations." The importance of math to children's future is underscored in Moses' work.Published on September 26, 2013 by Brian Corpening