Statistical Literacy & The Stories We Tell
In our information-based and data-driven world, statistics are power. The ability to understand, use, and analyze statistics is a civil need. Not to mention the ability to know when statistics are being used to manipulate information, often at the expense of marginalized people. Helping students create and reflect their own stories and communities through data and statistics allows them to become change agents in their own lives and communities. Making them informed-consumers of statistics can help them protect their hearts and minds.
3 Questions to Ask Yourself the Next Time You See a Graph Chart or Map (The Conversation, July 2020) - This article by Carson MacPherson-Krutsky gives an overview of the ways graphs and charts can give us the wrong idea - either because they were sloppily made or because they are designed to be intentionally misleading. It shows examples of graphs and data on the Coronavirus.
ANN Statistical Literacy Youtube Playlist - This growing collection of videos for students and teachers all deal with the importance of statistical literacy.
Slow Reveal Graphs is an instructional routine for promoting sense-making in graphs. Classroom-ready slides with paired texts can be found here: Social Justice Graphs.
- Disproportionate Incarceration: ANN Past President Connie Rivera (CT) built a special collection of slow reveal graphs focused on a concept that fundamental to math & to justice - proportional reasoning.
- Crime & Punishment: A Tale of Changing Belief - by Jenna Laib (K-8 Math specialist, and creator of the Slow Reveal Graphs website) - "This is a story of how I changed a belief, first by learning from people who experience the world differently than I do, then through math/data. Both can be humanizing."
Black Stats by Monique W. Morris
Seven Ways We Know Systemic Racism is Real (Article giving examples of systemic racism in wealth, employment, education, criminal justice, housing, surveillance, and healthcare. Each category features a statistic to demonstrate systemic racism and then additional links for more information)
Mona Chalabi is a data journalist (perhaps the only job title better than adult basic education teacher!), whose work is at the intersection of math, accessible data visualizations, public statistical literacy and justice. In addition to the resources below, she has several videos in the ANN Statistical Literacy playlist linked above.
Ideas for Math & Social Justice - this editable Google Doc from the Math & Social Justice collaborative MTBoS website offers a growing list of sources of statistics and data which can be used as a starting point for math tasks and lessons. Topics include general resources, police and the criminal justice system, social bias/discrimination/prejudice, government & democracy, socioeconomic status & poverty, and migration/immigration/emigration
The American Nightmare by Ibram Kendi (The Atlantic, June 2020)