Opening the Cage

Critique and Politics of Mathematics Education

  • Ole Skovsmose
  • Ole Skovsmose
  • Brian Greer

Part of the New Directions in Mathematics and Science Education book series (NDMS, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
    1. Ole Skovsmose, Ole Skovsmose, Brian Greer
      Pages 1-19
  2. Mathematics Education is Politics

  3. Borderland Positions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Mamokgethi Setati, Núria Planas
      Pages 167-186
    3. Gelsa Knijnik, Fernanda Wanderer
      Pages 187-202
    4. Danny Bernard Martin, Maisie Gholson
      Pages 203-222
    5. Swapna Mukhopadhyay
      Pages 223-225
  4. Mathematics and Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Brian Greer, Swapna Mukhopadhyay
      Pages 229-248
    3. Keiko Yasukawa, Tony Brown
      Pages 249-264
    4. Keiko Yasukawa, Ole Skovsmose, Ole Skovsmose, Ole Ravn
      Pages 265-283
  5. Searching For Possibilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Eva Jablonka, Uwe Gellert
      Pages 287-307
    3. Ole Skovsmose, Ole Skovsmose
      Pages 343-368
    4. Ole Skovsmose, Ole Skovsmose, Brian Greer
      Pages 369-385
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 387-391

About this book


The picture on the front of this book is an illustration for Totakahini: The tale of the parrot, by Rabindranath Tagore, in which he satirized education as a magnificent golden cage. Opening the cage addresses mathematics education as a complex socio-political phenomenon, exploring the vast terrain that spans critique and politics. Opening the cage includes contributions from educators writing critically about mathematics education in diverse contexts. They demonstrate that mathematics education is politics, they investigate borderland positions, they address the nexus of mathematics, education, and power, and they explore educational possibilities. Mathematics education is not a free enterprise. It is carried on behind bars created by economic, political, and social demands. This cage might not be as magnificent as that in Tagore’s fable. But it is strong. Opening the cage is a critical and political challenge, and we may be surprised to see what emerges.


politics mathematics education

Editors and affiliations

  • Ole Skovsmose
    • 1
  • Ole Skovsmose
    • 2
  • Brian Greer
    • 3
  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityDenmark
  2. 2.State University of São PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Portland State UniversityUSA

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