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All Things Being Equal: Why Math Is The Key To A Better World
Mighton, John
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Product Description NATIONAL BESTSELLERFrom the award-winning founder of JUMP Math, All Things Being Equal is a proven guide to succeeding in math, and a passionate argument for why this success can and must be available to the majority instead of the privileged few. For two decades, John Mighton has developed strategies for fostering intellectual potential in all children through learning math. Math, Mighton says, provides us with mental tools of incredible power. When we learn math we learn to see patterns, to think logically and systematically, to draw analogies, to perceive risk, to understand cause and effect--among many other critical skills. Yet we tolerate and in fact expect a vast performance gap in math among students, and live in a world where many adults aren't equipped with these crucial tools. This learning gap is unnecessary, dangerous and tragic, he cautions, and it has led us to a problem of intellectual poverty which is apparent everywhere--in fake news, politi...
Product Description NATIONAL BESTSELLERFrom the award-winning founder of JUMP Math, All Things Being Equal is a proven guide to succeeding in math, and a passionate argument for why this success can and must be available to the majority instead of the privileged few. For two decades, John Mighton has developed strategies for fostering intellectual potential in all children through learning math. Math, Mighton says, provides us with mental tools of incredible power. When we learn math we learn to see patterns, to think logically and systematically, to draw analogies, to perceive risk, to understand cause and effect--among many other critical skills. Yet we tolerate and in fact expect a vast performance gap in math among students, and live in a world where many adults aren't equipped with these crucial tools. This learning gap is unnecessary, dangerous and tragic, he cautions, and it has led us to a problem of intellectual poverty which is apparent everywhere--in fake news, political turmoil, floundering economies, even in erroneous medical diagnoses. In All Things Being Equal, Mighton argues that math study is an ideal starting point to break down social inequality and empower individuals to build a smarter, kinder, more equitable world. Bringing together the latest cognitive research and incremental learning strategies, Mighton goes deep into the classroom and beyond to offer a hopeful--and urgent--vision for a numerate society. Review “Mighton makes a fascinating and persuasive case that everyone can learn math, that it doesn’t take a miracle-worker to teach it, and that broader mathematical competence is essential to breaking down social inequality.” —Daniel T. Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and author of Why Don’t Students Like School? "John Mighton may well become the nation's math conscience. He not only knows that all children can master genuine mathematics but has repeatedly proved so with his brilliant, no-nonsense [math] program." —Andrew Nikiforuk, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Saboteurs"John Mighton writes with passion and a deep sense of commitment."  —Winnipeg Free Press About the Author JOHN MIGHTON is a mathematician, author and the founder of JUMP Math, a charity dedicated to helping people fulfil their potential in math. His first two books, The Myth of Ability and The End of Ignorance, were national bestsellers. Mighton has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow, awarded five honorary doctorates for his lifetime achievements and appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also is an award-winning playwright: he's received the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, two Governor General's Literary Awards for Drama, the Dora Award and the Chalmers Award. He lives in Toronto. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Nothing comes easily to me. I’m a mathematician, but I didn’t show much aptitude for math until I was thirty. I had no idea, in high school, why I had to turn a fraction upside down when I wanted to divide by it, or why, when I wrote a square root sign over a negative number, the number suddenly became “imaginary” (especially when I could see the number was still there). At university I almost failed my first calculus course. Fortunately I was saved by the bell curve, which brought my original mark up to a C minus. I’m also a playwright. My plays have been performed in many countries, but I still won’t read a review unless someone tells me it’s safe to do so. Early in my career I made the mistake of checking the papers to see what two of the local critics thought of my first major production. It seems unlikely that they consulted each other before writing their reviews, but one headline read “Hopelessly Muddled” and the other “Muddled Mess.” I often wish I was more like my literary and scientific heroes, who seemingly could produce perfect poems or solve intractable problems in a blinding flash of i
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