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The Myth of Ability

Written by John Mighton

  • 224 Pages
  • 9780887846939
  • 7.940" x 6.000"
  • EDUCATION / Home Schooling
  • EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics
  • MATHEMATICS / General


Publication Date May 01, 2003

A student in a remedial class who couldn't count by twos is now in an academic program a year ahead of her grade level. An entire Grade 3 class, including so-called slow learners, scores over 90% on a Grade 6-7 math test. These are just two of mathematician John Mighton's many success stories since he started JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), a not-for-profit organization providing free math tutoring for elementary-level students from low income homes.

In The Myth of Ability John Mighton tells JUMP's fascinating story and explains its teaching method with lots of simple examples.


John Mighton
John Mighton is a mathematician, a playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math. He is the author of the JUMP at Home workbooks and the national bestsellers The Myth of Ability and The End of Ignorance. He has won the Governor General's Literary Award and the Siminovitch Prize for his plays. John Mighton lives in Toronto.