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Social Justice Data Fair Illustrates How Math Can Be Used to Raise Awareness About Social Justice Issues

Saturday, June 8, 2019

At the ninth annual Social Justice Data Fair, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, Manhattan Country School sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders showcased the work they have  done using math to explore social justice issues. Some seventh graders projects included an investigation of the disproportional body sizes of action figures and dolls and comparative mapping projects comparing social indicators. 

For MCS eighth-graders, the data fair is a capstone project. Students research an issue of their choosing and hone their visual storytelling skills, preparing a compelling collection of graphs, infographics and maps to draw attention to the key concerns they want to raise awareness about. 

Topics for these projects included:

  • Standardized Testing
  • Racial Inequality in Schools and Textbooks
  • Interracial Marriage and Multiracial Families
  • Social Media and Teen Body Image
  • Gerrymandering
  • Maternal Mortality and Abortion Rates
  • The Gender Pay Gap
  • Environmental Racism in NYC
  • The US Prison System
  • Automation of the Workforce
  • The Menstrual Movement
  • Gender and Sexuality Representation in Politics

The Social Justice Data Fair also included a keynote address by surrent parent Vladimira Kantorova (8-9s and 8th grade). Vladimira spoke about how current and future population size, growth rates and age distribution shape policies for the economy, environment, and society such as public pensions, education and health care. Some highlights included the causes of population growth, how population projections are made, and how certain we can be about future population trends.

Photos from the 2019 Social Justice Data Fair