The seventh episode of The Educators, an eight part series presented by Sarah Montague is scheduled for broadcast this Wednesday 24th September at 16:00 on BBC Radio 4.
The BBC and The Open University have come together to explore the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to governments. Is there a proven model for good schools and teaching? Can potential be unlocked in any student, at any age? Do we value and measure the most important skills? And can children be the best teachers of other children?
This series discusses these and many other issues on a global scale with various pioneers of education.
Episode 7: Jo Boaler
Broadcasting Wednesday 24th September – 16:00
Is our attitude towards maths killing the subject for children? Professor Jo Boaler believes a widespread belief in the existence of a ‘maths brain’ is ruining pupils’ chances of success in the subject.
She tells Sarah Montague that anybody can be good with numbers, but unlike other subjects, we teach the idea that some people are simply good or bad at mathematics.
Having researched the way maths is taught in schools in the UK and in the US, Stanford University professor Jo Boaler says pupils are too often made to think that maths is a long list of rules and procedures to be learned off by heart.
In the programme Sarah Montague discovers why real mathematics is about uncertainty; the study of patterns and creative problem solving. She hears about some of the controversial new methods designed to teach flexibility with numbers, which have some parents confounded by the homework their children are being set.
This episode will also be repeated on Monday 29th September at 00:15
Find out more about the series, or if you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:
- Episode 1: Sir Ken Robinson
- Episode 2: John Hattie
- Episode 3: Tony Little
- Episode 4: Daisy Christodoulou
- Episode 5: Paul Howard-Jones
- Episode 6: Sugata Mitra
Take a look at The Open University’s Education, Childhood and Youth prospectus for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:
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