This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. An invisible problem in our society is that we underestimate ourselves. John Mighton, the founder of JUMP Math, believes that anyone can learn anything, especially mathematics. We need to give our teachers the right methods, backed by rigorous evidence, to educate our children. John Mighton is a mathematician and playwright and is the founder of JUMP Math, a charity that is working to improve the teaching math. He appeared in Good Will Hunting, and contributed a monologue to the film based on the argument he makes in his book The End of Ignorance that most people never get a chance to succeed in math because they are not taught according to their true potential.
John Mighton, elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2004 in Canada, invented a method of teaching mathematics that inspires measurable higher performance across the board, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitude towards learning. His organization, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies (JUMP) spreads this method among public schools that serve low-income students in Canada and the United States. In doing so it changes the mental models of teachers and educational authorities, lifting hopes and expectations for what kids can accomplish.
He's been featured in "Who Cares?", an award-winning documentary about social entrepreneurship and changemaking and was a member of the panel for the Innovators' Forum at the opening of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. John also has published a book, "End of Ignorance: Multiplying Our Human Potential" and has had many articles written about him and his work, including this featured in the Huffington Post.