From the award-winning founder of JUMP Math comes a road map for success in math study, and an impassioned call for a more just society where intellectual achievement is available to the many 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 jargon, floundering economies, even in erroneous medical diagnoses.
In All Things Being Equal, Mighton posits that math study is an ideal starting point to break down social inequality and empower individuals to build a smarter, kinder, more equitable world. He offers scientifically proven step-by-step teaching methods and shows that a focus on the beauty of learning results in humans with the ability to make wiser choices, and to appreciate the interconnectedness of things rather than the rewards of being better than one's peers.
Bringing together the latest cognitive research and incremental learning strategies, including brilliant insights on analogies as "the keys to creativity," Mighton goes deep into the classroom and beyond to offer a hopeful--and urgent--vision for a numerate society.
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.