How Indigenous Groups Raise Youth Who Are Passionate About Math
Forbes Education Contributor / I inquire about the meaning of education in our fast-changing world.
Every summer, something wondrous happens in the remote areas of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Families travel for hours to join a week-long gathering celebrating math, friendship, and Indigenous culture. They look forward to a math camp organized by the Alliance of the Indigenous Math Circles (AIMC), supported by a dedicated team of regional coordinators — Indigenous teachers from local schools. The program, which has been in operation for more than eight years, grew out of the Navajo Nation Math Circles. The Alliance arranges mathematicians’ visits to schools, runs math teachers’ workshops, and hosts informal math gatherings known as math circles, helping to raise a new generation of Indigenous mathematicians, researchers, and STEM professionals.