In an era of high stakes testing and common core standards, public education, and teachers everywhere, are under attack. Teachers across the nation are working hard to: develop deep and flexible knowledge of their field; develop meaningful relationships with their students; and draw upon students’ linguistic and cultural knowledge as they develop and implement lessons. Yet, that may not be ... [Show full abstract] enough. Those teachers who cannot skillfully negotiate the politics of language, racism, and testing cannot adequately support their students to learn. Nowhere is this truer than in the mathematics classroom, where teaching is always a political endeavor. This research commentary explores how all mathematics teaching is political and provides some examples of teachers using creative insubordination in their everyday work.