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"Ethnomathematics," by Dirk Olin. New York Times Magazine, 23 February2003.

This article discusses the field of "ethnomathematics," which studies themathematics indigenous to various cultures, especially non-Western ones. Thearticle also describes inroads ethnomathematics has made in classrooms. "Toredress their pedagogical grievances, these ethnomathematicians want mathcurriculums that place greater emphasis on the systems of previouscivilizations and certain traditional cultures," Olin writes.

--- Allyn Jackson