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Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn’t Add Up
Jo Boaler and Pablo Zoido analyzed data from 13 million students worldwide and found that students who take a memorization approach are the lowest achieving students in the world. Read More.
I turn 40 next month and, for pretty much my whole life, I have felt dumb. I’m not.
In this opinion piece, Alice Keeler describes why Jo Boaler's book "Mathematical Mindsets" was "easily the most powerful read ever for me." Read More.
5 + 1 Things Teachers Can Do To Close the Math Achievement Gap
Jo Boaler envisions an academic world where everyone can learn math equitably regardless of their skin color, gender, sexual orientation or income. Read More
We Need to “Revolutionize” How We Teach Math Says Stanford’s Jo Boaler
Hear Jo on the public radio program “Forum” discussing her book, “Mathematical Mindsets,” and new tools and techniques that make learning math less of a chore for students. Read More
How Saying and Showing to Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School
KQED excerpted a chapter from Jo's latest book for its education blog, "MindShifts." This excerpt is from the chapter entitled “Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset." Read More
Jo Boaler: ‘We need a revolution in how we think about maths’
Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, has big ambitions – she’s on a mission to transform maths education. Read more
How Parents’ Math Anxiety Can Affect Kids’ Math Achievement
This blog post reports on a new study which found that parental math anxieties are often passed on to kids. Jo's work is highlighted as a solution to this problem. Read More
Sparking a Math Revolution: Jo Boaler Ignites NCSM 2015 with Her Keynote
This blog post from It's About Time describes Jo's keynote speech at the 2015 NCSM conference in Boston and the enthusiasm it generated among attendees. Read More
Overpraising children for being smart: Proceed with caution
A growing movement is afoot in parenting and education circles to retire the word "smart" altogether. Jo is quoted in this article in the Chicago Tribune following her talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Read more
100 Percent Is Overrated
People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant. “Mistakes grow your brain,” as the professor of mathematics education at Stanford University Jo Boaler put it on Monday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by The Atlantic.
Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises
Mathematics classes of the past decade have valued one type of math learner, one who can memorize well and calculate fast. Yet data from the 13 million students who took PISA tests showed that the lowest achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy. Click here to read the full text of Jo's influential opinion piece in The Hechinger Report.