Phillips Exeter Academy courses include ‘Mathematics of Social Justice’ and ‘Science Health and Race in America’


Phillips Exeter Academy, a private school in New Hampshire, offers a math course and a science course that focus on identifying discrimination and systematic bias and the exploration of “race and racism in science.”

The academy’s Mathematics of Social Justice course covers methods needed to “analyze impacts of public policy with a particular emphasis on identifying outcomes such as discrimination, systemic bias and inequity.” The course description states that students will “learn how to analyze empirical data using mathematical methods” and “uncover ways that public policy and other factors contribute to systematic oppression and other negative outcomes for identifiable groups.”

The school’s Science Health and Race in Americacourse “explores race and racism in science and medicine in the United States from the 20th century to today via biological and historical lenses.” The course will explore “an array of sociological, historical, and scientific theoretical frameworks useful in studying the impact of structural race-based social inequality.”

The interdisciplinary class will “interrogate the foundations of race-based thinking, the formation of racial thought, and the respective benefits and dangers of ‘whiteness’ and ‘blackness’,” and an analyses of ” statistical data, case studies, and creative hands-on laboratory experiments that will increase student understanding of the longstanding history of inequitable availability of doctors and medical services.”