In this study, we offer an analysis of the phrase the "soft bigotry of low expectations" and considers its role in rhetoric about U.S. mathematics education policy and practice, especially in regards to Critical Mathematical Inquiry. From the phrase’s origins in a speech given by President George W. Bush in 2000, to its current use on social media, this phrase offers a lens into white supremacy and "tools of whiteness" (Picower, 2009), and their persistence in U.S. schooling paradigms, especially about mathematics. We analyze specific, recent instantiations of the phrase on blogrolls and Twitter, in addition to more implicit evocations within influential consensus documents and mainstream discourse about education.
Rubel, L., & McCloskey, A. V. (2019). The “Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations” And Its Role in Maintaining White Supremacy through Mathematics Education. Occasional Paper Series, 2019 (41). Retrieved from https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2019/iss41/10
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