Studying math geniuses who are blind may create new ways to teach kids math
This is pretty fascinating: A researcher from the University of Hull studied people who have been blind since birth while they did math in their head. Here's what she found from this particular group:
1. The blind volunteers showed outstanding estimation skills - even better than the volunteers who weren't blind! That in itself contradicts the idea that vision is essential to develop advanced math skills.
2. One theory is that blind people need to assess their surrounding with math more than sighted people - counting the number of steps to their apartment, for example.
3. Understanding that vision isn't necessarily essential to develop advanced math skills, this may lead to a new, multi-sensory approach to teaching kids math.
Here's what I read: