On The Road to Genius, Can Failure Be Any Help?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

All week, The Takeaway has been discussing genius with David Shenk, author of a new book called "The Genius In All of Us." Today, the conversation takes a turn. Math educator, John Mighton, joins the program to answer this question: On the road to genius, can failure be any help? Even Einstein famously struggled in academics before becoming one of the world's most revered geniuses. 

Mighton tells us about an innovative program that turns kids who are struggling with multiplication tables into kids who can win math competitions — and about the implications for learners of all ages.


John Mighton and David Shenk

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [1]

Caryn from Michigan

At my daughters' very diverse school here in the Metro Detroit area, the kids who really excel at math are singled out as early as 2nd grade for the "gifted" program. All the kids know who is and who is not in this program, and start to think of themselves as "not good" at math. We have struggled with our girls to overcome this idea so that they can feel successful.

Mar. 11 2010 10:04 AM

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