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All Kiddies Can Handle Greatness. Yes, We said all. – Jean Antoine

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

At the heart of this Kumon Method is the fact that all children are capable of greatness. By using their moms and dads, family and friends, children can form in ways that will humble and amaze you.

Kumon’s founder, Toru Kumon, believed every child has got the prospective to learn far beyond his / her moms and dads’ expectation. ‘It’s our work as educators,’ Kumon said, ‘Not to stuff knowledge into young ones as if these people were just empty containers, but to encourage each child to wish to learn, to enjoy learning and be with the capacity of studying whatever he/she may need certainly to or wish to in the future.’ Children who learn through the Kumon Method not only acquire more knowledge, but also the ability to learn on their very own.

But i really believe it too (as they once were) though I do wonder if this ‘Kumon belief’ extends to middle aged adults, or if there’s a point at which our brains calcify and aren’t as ‘capable of greatness’.

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

I bring back some Kumon lore:

  • Kumon were only available in 1954, whenever 2nd grader Takeshi Kumon arrived house from school by having a crumpled up math test packed 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.
  • Mrs. Kumon told her husband Toru, a senior high school math instructor, which he needed to help their son with mathematics, and voilá, the Kumon worksheet came to be.

  • Today, you can find 4.2 million kids learning Kumon in 46 countries.

How about the ‘grown ups?’

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

Through my research, I found that simple calculations could activate the brain more effectively than any other activity. We also discovered that the way that is best to stimulate the biggest regions of the brain was to solve these calculations quickly.

Eight months into this crazy venture, and I also’m thinking it is Kumon ( perhaps not Kaplan) that might get me personally to a perfect score, and I also’m thinking that the ‘10,000 hours till mastery’ theory may not be so far off. (we keep meaning to calculate how much time are kept in 2011.)**

Seriously however, I do believe I’m a Kumon-lifer now. Once I complete the mathematics program (it experiences calculus), I want to start the Kumon reading regimen (lessons include Shakespeare, Homer, James Baldwin, Mark Twain — to begin with).

And then, essaywriterforyou com I would like to produce a sculpture out of my workbooks, just like this boy that is little:


I really believe they stated he finished the reading and the math programs, by the 3rd grade.

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


…..then so could I.

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

Movie Conglomeration: My without Kids week

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

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

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

I can state this for certain:

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

The Most Useful Evidence Is Frequently Ignored


From Inside Higher Ed about a brand new book called Uneducated Guesses:

Then Wainer examined four colleges that let students submit SAT or scores that are ACT and for which first-year grades were 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 argues that these along with other information suggest that colleges that seek to enlist those who will perform best in their first year are acting 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.

We quote this as an individual who did terribly on the SAT in senior high school, and I don’t think it’s because I ‘didn’t test well.’

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