The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child

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House of Anansi Press, Apr 19, 2007 - Education - 100 pages
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All children are capable of achieving mathematical mastery - that is the guiding principle of mathematician and playwright John Mighton. The Myth of Ability is the story of Mighton's fait-proof method of teaching mathematics developed while tutoring children failing in maths. He explains how all children can be led to think mathematically by a combination of positive feedback and by following extremely simple, straightforward steps. The only skills children need to have mastered before following Mighton's method are basic addition and subtraction and to count on the fingers of one hand, by ones, twos and threes. From this simple basis more complicated concepts follow in a graded and systematic way. The results of Mighton's programme have been extraordinary -- a student in a remedial maths class who couldn't count by twos is now in an academic program a year ahead of her level. A boy who nearly failed primary school maths is now completing a PhD in maths on scholarship. Both inspiring and practical, The Myth of Ability can help any child discover their true maths potential.

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The first third of this book covers the author's inspiring stories of overcoming math difficulties, both in his own life and in the lives of underprivileged children who benefited from the nonprofit ... Read full review

The myth of ability: nurturing mathematical talent in every child

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Mighton believes that anyone can learn mathematics if taught well. In 1998, while earning a Ph.D. in mathematics as a second career path, the award-winning playwright established an educational ... Read full review

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