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PROOF POINTS: Stanford’s Jo Boaler talks about her new book ‘MATH-ish’ and takes on her critics

The Hechinger Report

Stanford professor Jo Boaler, known for her nontraditional math teaching methods, faces criticism and accusations of misrepresenting research. Despite her popularity among teachers, critics argue her ideas hinder students’ learning. Boaler, accused of “reckless disregard for accuracy” in an anonymous complaint, maintains her methods address root causes of students’ math aversion. She advocates for ending ability tracking, eliminating timed tests, and prioritizing conceptual understanding. Critics question the effectiveness of her approach and her involvement in controversial education reforms. Amid the controversy, Boaler continues to promote her methods, including in her upcoming book “MATH-ish”.

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