It can be daunting to stand in front of a classroom trying to solve a complicated math problem. For many of us, just balancing our checkbooks is scary enough. For American Indian and Alaska Native students math scores are generally lower than the national average. We continue our look at STEM subjects by exploring some innovative ways math is taught to Native students. Can using culture help students improve in mathematics?
Dr. Julius Yellowhair (Navajo) – optical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories
Dr. Henry Fowler (Navajo) – math professor and chair of the math division at Diné College
Dora Andrew-Ihrke (Yup’ik Eskimo) – retired teacher and consultant
Mentioned on the show: Educators of Native American Students
Break music: Wahine U`i (Beautiful One) (song) Linda Dela Cruz (artist) Linda Dela Cruz Hawaii’s Canary (album)