What is (or should be) the relationship between informal outside-of-school math, and school math?

What a great post, and a great question too.

Here are some questions I had, when I stopped to think about your’s: How do people come to see themselves as “math people”? How fragile is that identity in the face of lousy experiences in school math? Given the nasty role math plays in doling out economic benefits, is it possible to find space for a math identity that isn’t tied to all that baggage?

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