The Myth of Ability

by John Mighton: learn more about JUMP Math's background and philosophy

John Mighton, JUMP Math's founder, wrote The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child in 2003.  It explores his work and teaching approach, as well as the development of the JUMP Math program.

"Parents whose children are struggling with math will welcome this accessible, anecdotal account of a charitable tutoring program called JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) founded by Canadian author Mighton (A Short History of Night) and currently serving elementary-level students in the Toronto area. Taking an upbeat approach, Mighton argues that we’re all born capable of learning anything. In part one, he explains how, as a young playwright in need of extra work, he got involved in math tutoring and was dismayed by traditional teaching methods. Part two of the JUMP approach gives specific problem-solving examples on such topics as fractions, multiplication and division, ratios and percents, and logic. The emphasis is on providing a support system and building the student’s confidence and self-esteem."