The Stories We Tell: Math, Race, Bias, and Opportunity

Other than my shameless promotion of the Numberbet song that I just posted yesterday, I have not posted in several years.  Why?  Well because I was writing a book with my colleagues Patricia Marshall and Lee Stiff.  This book builds on the themes from the Opportunity Gap video I posted a few years ago.  From there we published an article in the Kappan magazine, and, now, a book.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, please take advantage of the special 20% off discount code!  Visit and use discount code RLEGEN20.

Thanks for considering it.  I am hoping it will be read in school book clubs, by equity officers, in college settings, and by people interested in re-thinking cultural ideas about intelligence, talent, oppression, and opportunity.  We will see. It is not too long, but we think it packs a pretty good punch.

Thanks to all of you for the discussions we have had over the years and for supporting me in my work.  Much appreciated!  Valerie2020 Stories we Tell Flyer.jpg


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I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Elementary Education department at NC State where I specialize in Math Methods. I went to Duke where I earned a B.A. in Anthropology and played on the Golf Team. I have an M.Ed. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics education, both from NC State. My interest in Math waned in middle and high school. But when I began to support high school students in math as part of my job as a special educator, I became interested in the cultural and instructional aspects of mathematics. And now, 25 years later, that's pretty much all I think about.


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2 Comments on “The Stories We Tell: Math, Race, Bias, and Opportunity”

  1. January 24, 2020 at 8:45 am #

    Dr. Faulkner,

    Will be buying the book Feb. 1 (Its no spend January for me)! Have always admired your passion and dedication to math education especially for minoritized groups. Can’t wait to cross paths again!

    • May 22, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

      Thank you Jessica!
      I look forward to working with you again too. Let me know if your school wants me to come out and give a talk. I could do it through Zoom too!
      my best,

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