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## What is Christian Math?

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**What is Christian Math?**Christian math is one of two things: • A preference for instructivist curriculum • Similar to the Math Wars, but with a Christian bent. • Including Christian morality in mathematics instruction • Similar to the Evolution controversy**Instructivist curriculum**• Direct instruction = Christian • Inquiry = un-Christian • Similar to the Math Wars**Integration of Christian Values**• Belief that all subjects “glorify God,” including mathematics • Math is the “language of Creation” • Somewhat similar to the evolution controversy**Does this issue come up?**• Instruction vs. inquiry has been an issue in some districts • Overlaying of religious values more common in home-schoolers**How should we handle this?**• Instruction vs. inquiry • Similar to a non-religious debate • Involve and educate the community • Including religious values • Open dialogue with the community about the role of schools, and the nature of mathematics in a government-funded school.