About Dr. John Mighton 

Dr. Mighton’s work fostering numeracy and children’s self-confidence and abilities in math is widely recognized.

He has been named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Canada, an Ashoka Fellow, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has received six honorary doctorates. A Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, he has taught mathematics at U of T and lectured in philosophy at McMaster University, where he received a master’s degree in philosophy.​ This success in math did not come easily. 

John Mighton in the Media

Dr. Mighton has been published in a variety of scientific journals including Scientific American Mind, and has given keynotes at the World Economic Forum, TEDx CERN and a number of globally recognized science conferences, including the Aspen Brain Forum and the Conference on Brain Development and Learning. He has also been featured in national and international media (see list below).

A three-time national best-selling author, John Mighton’s first book, The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child describes his approach and successes with the program. In 2020, he released his newest book, All Things Being Equal: Why Math Is the Key to a Better World.

An award-winning playwright

As a mathematician and playwright, Dr. Mighton believes that there are more connections between the arts and sciences than people generally see, as mathematicians are often led by a sense of beauty or elegance in their work. His own plays have been performed across Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States, and he has won several national awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the Dora Award, the Chalmers Award and the Siminovitch Prize. In a twist of fate, he played Matt Damon’s math tutor in the 1997 movie, Good Will Hunting

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Math, what is it good for? Absolutely everything, it turns out

Globe and Mail article by Jason McBride reviewing John Mighton's book, All Things Being Equal: Why Math is the Key to a Better World.

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The Globe and Mail

2020

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Program could help kids get jump-start in math

Globe and Mail article examining the benefits of JUMP Math.

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The Globe and Mail

2020

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In the continuing ‘math wars,’ both sides have a point

Globe and Mail Op-ed article, co-authored by Brent Davis and John Mighton, weighing in on the "math wars", offering a new perspective on the ongoing debate.

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The Globe and Mail, co-authored by Brent Davis and John Mighton

2018

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If You Want to Make Math Appealing to Children, Think Like a Childe

Opinion piece by John Mighton that examines how adults can make math more appealing for children to learn by understanding how they think.

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The New York Times

2013

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For the Love of Math: New Techniques Make Math Fun for All

With the right lesson plan, teachers can turn struggling students into budding mathematicians. The secret is carefully guiding their adventure in numbers.

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Scientific American Mind

2013

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The Making of a Mathematical Mind: One Step at a Time

Opinion piece on the benefits of specific math learning and how JUMP Math can help students.

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Scientific American

2013

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Kids JUMP for Math [John Mighton’s Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies]

Scientific American MIND editor, Ingrid Wickelgren talks with mathematician, John Mighton about getting math-shy kids interested, via JUMP: Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies. Podcast with transcript.

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Scientific American

2013

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A Better Way to Teach Math

In this article, writer, David Bornstein explores how JUMP Math increases learning and math test scores, making use of teacher testimonials.

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The New York Times

2011

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