Growing up, I had always learned math from a textbook. I was in a class that was extremely diverse, but the textbook didn’t really cover any other perspective. Within the class we had verbally noted that there was only European examples within the book. There had been many questions I can remember where it provided photos, where I can’t remember seeing representation. When we worked on math, we used a textbook, a pencil, and notebooks. We never did any hands-on activities. We didn’t work in groups often. It was a very basic setup. This setup is very Eurocentric and leaves many students out because it doesn’t work for all students. This way of learning did not support all students, which makes it difficult to argue that it isn’t oppressive to anyone.
Math is a subject that I highly enjoyed. I have an average “math brain” and I find it interesting to work with numbers. This is not the case for all cultures. For example, the education I have recieved was focused on the product-based approach whereas Indigenous cultures focuses harder on the process of learning. Learning this way focuses on the students understanding. Another thing I thought was interesting was the fact that Inuit peoples do their math based off of real examples. This makes alot of sense to me, as a student that often wondered why I needed to learn complex and crazy math.