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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] Open Letter to the RUME Community Re: Rochelle Gutiérrez
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 9:05 PM
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From [RUME] An Open Letter to the RUME Community, Monday October 30, 2017
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An Open Letter to the RUME Community

RE: Statement in Support of the Scholarship of Rochelle Gutiérrez

October 30, 2017

As stated in the charter of the SIGMAA on RUME
(Article I, Section 2), our organization was
"formed for the purpose of encouraging quality
research in undergraduate mathematics education
(RUME) and its application in teaching
practices." As a disciplinary organization, we
recognize that engaging in quality research in
undergraduate mathematics education and examining
its application in teaching practices involves
critically examining:

· the historical, social, and cultural practices of mathematics,
· the institutional and sociological factors
that can lead to structural exclusions, and
· the ways in which methodological
practices, theories, and perspectives may evolve
to avoid perpetuating inequities in our
educational system.

The scholarship of Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez has
been paramount to these efforts. This fact is
reflected by the sheer number of citations to her
work in our published conference proceedings. As
a scholar, she has not only framed modern
scholarly dialogues on equity in mathematics
education but has brought to our attention they
ways in which our own methodological constructs
and practices might themselves be key to
perpetuating inequities.

Most importantly, as a brilliant pioneer, her
work has called into question the status-quo in
mathematics education. It has challenged
prevailing dialogues, which seek to essentialize
disparities in student outcomes. As a consequence
of the necessarily disruptive nature of this work
and the changes it calls for, her work has drawn
the attention of political and media
organizations that seek to silence academic
freedom, protect an inequitable educational
system, and ignore evidence. Her safety has been
threatened and her position as a scholar
challenged by those who neither value nor
understand her scholarship.

For these reasons, as the coordinator of the
SIGMAA on RUME, I am inviting our membership and
friends of the SIGMAA on RUME to affirm our
commitments by signing a statement in support of
Rochelle Gutiérrez's scholarship (provided below
and available here:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/740/451/685/statement-in-support-of-the-scholarship-of-rochelle-guti%C3%A9rrez/
).

As argued by Paulo Freire: Šwashing one's hands
of the conflict between the powerful and the
powerless means to side with the powerful, not be
neutral.

Sincerely,
Stacy Brown
Coordinator, SIGMAA on RUME

A Statement in Support of the Scholarship of Rochelle Gutiérrez
from members and friends of the SIGMAA on RUME:

As an organization committed to equity and
inclusiveness in mathematics education, we affirm
our commitment to our scholarly right to
critically examine: the historical, social, and
cultural practices of mathematics; the
institutional and sociological factors that can
lead to structural exclusions; and the ways in
which methodological practices may evolve to
avoid perpetuating inequities in our educational
system. We affirm the rights of scholars to
engage in this work and value the contributions
of scholars who do so in the face of political
challenges and personal dangers.

As a community who has drawn heavily on the
excellent scholarship of Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez
and who recognizes her as an exceptional and
pioneering scholar, we express our support of her
scholarship and condemn the hateful actions she
has had to endure via social media and as a
result of the actions of organizations, who do
not seek equity for all. Debate is critical to
scholarship, slander and violence are not.

#WeStandWithRochelle

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Jerry P. Becker
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Services
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
625 Wham Drive / MC 4610
Carbondale, Illinois 62901



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