Everyone Can Learn Math

Here’s a new video from Jo Boaler at YouCubed.org.

Boaler’s Four Key Research-Based Messages

There is a huge elephant standing in most math classrooms, it is the idea that only some students can do well in math. Students believe it, parents believe and teachers believe it. The myth that math is a gift that some students have and some do not, is one of the most damaging ideas that pervades education in the US and that stands in the way of students’ math achievement.

—Jo Boaler
Unlocking Children’s Math Potential

A Wealth of ResourcesBoosting Math screenshot

The YouCubed site is full of encouragement and help for families learning math.

— and plenty more!


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4 thoughts on “Everyone Can Learn Math

    1. Here is the opening paragraph from the Quirky Teacher’s blog, so you can see why it is so long:
      “This is a blog post about how I believe Jo Boaler is wrong when she asserts that learning maths facts off by heart and timed tests are detrimental to children’s well-being and mathematical ability. I’ve tried to take the time to read pretty much every piece of research she has linked to in her article and it’s been an interesting reading journey, not least because some of the research she cites seems to provide evidence that learning maths facts off by heart and the use of timed tests are actually beneficial to every aspect of mathematical competency (not just procedural fluency). To help me get my head around what she’s saying, I’ve summarised the entire article and analysed each part:”
      –Quirky Teacher( link in first comment)

      1. I have read other criticisms of Jo Boaler in the past. I try to stay out of that sort of fight. So many of the research articles are locked behind one paywall or another that I really can’t make an informed opinion.

  1. I am so happy that I did not become a math teacher. I was just curious about the brain research on learning math facts and what fluency means.
    All the research from the blog has links to YouCubed, in case anyone is else is curious.

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