^{ Type post AuthorNews Date November 1, 2022 Categorized Education, Mathematics, Neuroscience Tagged Barbara Oakley, Fred Bech, Kumon math, Mathematics education (difficulty learning math), Mathematics education and practice, Neuroplasticity and learning new skills }

## Can We Rewire Our Brains To Be More Fluent in Math?

_{An artsy who flunked math — but later became an electrical engineering prof — says yes }

_{ News November 1, 2022 5 Education, Mathematics, Neuroscience }

Barbara Oakley, a self-confessed math phobe, nonetheless became a professor of electrical engineering at Oakland University in Michigan, as well as an author. In 2014, she offered some secrets: at Nautilus. Be warned: Her secrets are not “Forget homework!” or “Math is a tool of oppression!” No, this is quite a different message. It’s about neuroplasticity, the ways our brains adapt to our circumstances, to give us the tools we need. But to adapt, the brain needs practice: Japan has become seen as a much-admired and emulated exemplar of these active, “understanding-centered” teaching methods. But what’s often missing from the discussion is the rest of the story: Japan is also home of the Kumon method of teaching mathematics, which emphasizes Read More ›