Radical Equations

Bob Moses became famous as one of the chief organizers of the Freedom Summer of 1964, when hundreds of college students invaded Mississippi to fight nonviolently for civil rights. But Moses was also a math teacher, and that combination of callings helps explain what he has since become. Every Monday during the school year, Moses leaves his home in Cambridge, Mass., and flies to Jackson, Miss., to teach algebra at all-black Lanier High School. Moses, 66, is determined to make mathematical literacy as much a battle cry as voting rights were 40 years ago. He wants to overthrow what he calls "sharecropper education"...

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