As Dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College, I appreciate the expressions of support for Dr. Laurie Rubel from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the Research in Mathematics Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and numerous individual scholars and educators. Dr. Laurie Rubel is an excellent and highly respected teacher and scholar whose body of work has received national and international recognition throughout her career. The critical research in which she engages is situated within a framework of social justice which is the foundation of our School of Education mission. The personal attacks she has received as a result of her most recent publication are unacceptable and abhorrent. On behalf of the School of Education at Brooklyn College, I stand in support of Dr. Rubel and her work and remain committed to academic freedom, freedom of expression, and intellectual debate within a context of civilized discourse.
April Whatley Bedford, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education