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All Young Ones Can Handle Greatness. Yes, We said all.

All Young Ones Can Handle Greatness. Yes, We said all. Actually the Kumon website said it:

At the heart associated with Kumon Method is the fact that all young children can handle success. With the help of their moms and dads, relatives and buddies, children can develop in ways that will humble and astonish you.

Kumon’s founder, Toru Kumon, believed every child has got the prospective to master far beyond their moms and dads’ expectation. ‘It’s our job as educators,’ Kumon said, ‘Not to stuff knowledge into young ones as he or she might need to or wish to into the future. if they were merely empty containers, but to encourage each child to want to master, to enjoy learning and be capable of studying whatever’ Children who learn through the Kumon Method not only acquire more knowledge, but also the capacity to learn on their.

But I believe it too (though I do wonder if this ‘Kumon belief’ extends to middle aged adults, or if there’s a spot at which our brains calcify as they aren’t as ‘capable of success’ as they were in the past).

Last my friend Catherine and I visited the Kumon headquarters week.

I bring back some Kumon lore:

  • Kumon were only available in 1954, when 2nd grader Takeshi Kumon came home from school having a crumpled up math test loaded in his backpack. We find it hilarious, by the way in which, that the ‘crumpled mathematics test’ is this experience that is universal transcends continents and generations kibin reflective essay outline.
  • Mrs. Kumon told her husband Toru, a high school math instructor, he required to help their son with math, and voilá, the Kumon worksheet was created.

  • Today, there are 4.2 million young ones studying Kumon in 46 countries.

What about the ‘grown ups?’

Turns out, there is an adult Kumon workbook, Train the human Brain: 60 Days to a Better mind, also it has sold millions of copies. From the introduction:

Through my research, we found that simple calculations could activate the brain more effectively than any other activity. We also discovered that the best way to trigger the largest regions of the brain would be to solve these calculations quickly.

Eight months into this crazy venture, and I also’m thinking it’s Kumon ( perhaps not Kaplan) that might get me personally up to a perfect score, and I also’m convinced that the ‘10,000 hours till mastery’ theory may not be up to now down. (I keep meaning to calculate how hours that are many left in 2011.)**

Seriously however, I think I’m a Kumon-lifer now. After I finish the mathematics program (it undergoes calculus), I want to begin the Kumon reading regimen (lessons include Shakespeare, Homer, James Baldwin, Mark Twain — to begin with).

And then, I want to make a sculpture out of my workbooks, just like this little boy’s:


I really believe they said he finished the reading and the mathematics programs, by the grade that is third.

Not that this is a competition or anything, but it…. if she can do.


…..then therefore may I.

**As of 11, 2011 at 11:00 am, there are 3,421 hours left in 2011 august. (Have I mentioned that my birthday falls on 11/11/11 this year) Thank you for calculating for me personally Gilles.

Movie Conglomeration: My Week Without Kids

My one week with both kids away this summer, is over.

Offered that I utilize ‘my kids’ as my biggest excuse for perhaps not being able to ‘focus’ (and trust me when I say, they are always distracting me) — I had planned to get a lot of SAT work done during those few, precious days once they were both away.

No concept if that basically happened; it’s all a big blur now.

We can say this for certain:

  • I did so do my Kumon everyday.
  • I had more IQ and Assessment tests (therefore interesting).
  • No idea if I improved in the SAT front.
  • The SATs are Method harder than I’d ever imagined.

The Most Useful Evidence Is Frequently Ignored


From Inside Higher Ed about a book that is new Uneducated Guesses:

Then Wainer examined four colleges that let students submit SAT or scores that are ACT as well as for which first-year grades had been also available: Barnard and Colby Colleges, Carnegie Mellon University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The students who submitted SAT scores had slightly better first-year grades than those who didn’t at all of these institutions.

Wainer contends that these and other data suggest that colleges that seek to enlist those who will perform best in their year that is first are against the evidence when they make the SAT optional. ‘Making the SAT optional seems to guarantee them a spot,’ he writes that it will be the lower-scoring students who perform more poorly, on average, in their first-year college courses, even though the admissions office has found other evidence on which to offer.

I quote this as someone who did terribly regarding the SAT in senior school, and I actually don’t think it’s because I ‘didn’t test well.’