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From 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 s
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Knopf Canada
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Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I have just finished reading “All Things Being Equal by John Mighton. The premise behind this book is that everybody can learn to excell in mathematics. Math skills are not inherent or hereditary but can be exploited through practice and followingsome basic steps as taught by the JUMP math system. A working knowledge of math, according to the author, will help people become more aware of their environment, sciences, economics, and engineering. The concepts can be transferred to other school subj ...more
Sara Russell
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: teaching-prod
Groovy way to look at math fundamentals and helping all kids and adults access math. Bit of a marketing push for Jump and some not-cool language (ie: “primitive tribes”).
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this book. I thought it was a bit braggadocio the way the author not-so-subtly snuck in some plugs for his methodology of teaching and where to find it online. And when he said children would clap him for walking into a classroom, I mean I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt but there was a fair bit of bragging.

Credit where it’s due, he’s clearly an intelligent dude.

The last chapter was the most moving and I agree with most of the authors ideologies and respect where his message is me
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I appreciated the intention of the book, and found parts to be inspirational for my practice as a math teacher, but found that it fell a little flat in terms of professional development. The whole time I was reading, I felt that what really should do is look through a JUMP math book for ideas and extrapolate to my high school level classes.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
An excellent expose on how to fix our broken math system... Could have been a much shorter book, not much substance in it, just a lot of reiteration of what is an already known problem. A book on the actual Jump program probably would have been much more relevant
Linda Brown
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He talks about a different way to engage our children in math. It should be realized yo some degree by now that our current education system is failing our students who don't have the extra support outside school. ...more
Barrette Plett
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was good. It inspired me to take another look at using JUMP materials in my Math classroom. I generally liked the book and it seems to be based on good research. I felt it ended a bit grandly, but I suppose that's Mighton's prerogative and he is, after all, a dramatic writer, too. ...more
Augusto Barros
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a must read if you are a parent. I realized the many mistakes I was making while trying to help my son with math. Check the JUMP resources mentioned in the book, they are great.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: can-lit, non-fiction
Mighton's enthusiasm is infectious and makes you want to go seek out Math problems. His dedication and work is inspirational and I hope he has continued success with JUMP. ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Growth Mindset idea of teaching maths. I am always looking for better ways for children to understand the basic concepts and agree with teaching through games when possible.
Linda Easthope
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I've read pages 1-62. The purpose of the first part of the book appears to be to convince teachers and parents that it's worth finding a better way to create mathematical literacy in children. It's not exactly a compelling read but I'm giving it three stars for the hopefulness it can inspire in those who struggle to learn math (and those who support them). This book itself isn't a primer on Jump Math, but reading it would definitely encourage someone to give Jump a try. ...more
Pasc Guill
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really love this book! I loved math and this made me fall in love with it again!
Lizanne Johnson
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to for the audiobook.
Interesting read for anyone looking to improve in math with the way to do it. You’ll want to check out when you’re done reading.
The audiobook was rather dry listening.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting read. I feel most people who will pick this up, however, are already those who see the power and impact of numeracy and understanding of math.

I think some of the anecdotes could have been excised in favour of more in depth look at the methodology. As it wasn't it can sometimes feel a bit sales-y towards his methods rather than straight insights and encouragement to do better.

Probably best suited for educators and those who can influence educational policy but the concept that a g
Noelle Walsh
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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This was quite an informative read. I was someone who was always struggling with math, so much so that I had to take remedial math for several years in high school. It makes me wonder if I was someone who could have been benefitted from JUMP Math. Maybe I'll look it up to see if I can improve my math skills. I definitely recommend this for the curious.

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John Mighton, OC is a Canadian author and mathematician. He is the founder of JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), a charitable organization that works to educate students in mathematics. He is the author of The Myth of Ability (2003) and The End of Ignorance (2007). Mighton is also a playwright, and has been the recipient of two Governor General Awards for his plays which include Possible W ...more

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