Join us for a conversation on innovative approaches to reaching students with Dr. John Mighton, O.C., the founder of JUMP Math, and Joel Westheimer, University Research Chair in the Sociology of Education at the University of Ottawa.
Mathematician, author and playwright, Dr. John Mighton, O.C., almost failed first-year Calculus in university, but his love of math and his belief that everyone has great mathematical potential led him to found JUMP Math as a kitchen-table tutoring group in 1998. His national best-selling book, The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child , describes his successes and explains how anyone can learn and teach math. His follow-up book, The End of Ignorance , is the most up-to-date account of the JUMP Math philosophy and methods.
Joel Westheimer’s new book, What Kind of Citizen?, asks how schools can teach the skills required for a strong democracy to flourish. His research focuses on varied and powerful ways to teach children and young adults to engage critically and to participate in authentic debate that acknowledges different opinions. But today’s teachers are being forced to abandon these practices in favour of test preparation in only a very narrow set of academic subjects. How did this happen? What can we do to set schools back on the right track? Westheimer answers these questions and makes a powerful call for schools to become more engaging, more democratic and more educative.