The biggest problem I have with reviewing The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Taleb, 2010) is deciding from what perspective to write. There are a number of lenses through which I considered this work in relation to mathematics education: the Associate Professor, always searching for new resources for mathematics education classes; the teacher, always looking for new messages and ways of speaking to students (including pre-service teachers) about what mathematics is, what purposes it serves, and what limitations it inherently carries; the learner-teacher, always looking for a greater depth of understanding of the mathematics we are charged with teaching; the curriculum and pedagogy researcher and theorist, always looking for new ideas that might be applied to or impact education within and beyond the mathematics classroom; and the learning ally, always critiquing what is included or not for diversity of voice and ways of knowing. In the review that follows, I will speak to what I “saw” in looking through these various lenses.
"Mathematics Education (and Other) Perspectives A Review of Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 20
, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol20/iss1/11
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