Crises as catalysts: Rethinking the purpose and practice of mathematics education in a post-pandemic world
We have collectively experienced a cataclysmic global event in education. The COVID-19 pandemic had forced mathematics educators around the world to redesign opportunities for learning and rapidly problem solve student participation, group work, assessment, and many other aspects of mathematics education. In such times it is useful to reflect on the purpose of mathematics education and consider if it is addressing the needs of future generations of students. In this article, principles of Realistic Mathematics Education are used to reflect on ways we can bring the world and related problems of interest closer to the mathematics classroom. How might school mathematics be reimagined as a student experience that is more relevant, engaging, and inclusive?