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All Kiddies Can Handle Greatness. Yes, I said all.

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

At the heart associated with the Kumon Method is the fact that all children are capable of greatness. With the aid of their parents, relatives and buddies, children can form in methods will humble and astonish you.

Kumon’s founder, Toru Kumon, believed every young child has got the possible to understand far beyond his / her moms and dads’ expectation. ‘It’s our task as educators,’ Kumon stated, ‘Not to stuff knowledge into kiddies as if they certainly were simply empty containers, but to encourage each child to want to learn, to enjoy learning and become effective at studying whatever he or she may should or wish to in the future.’ Children who learn through the Kumon Method not only acquire more knowledge, but additionally the capability to learn on their particular.

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

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

I bring back some Kumon lore:

  • Kumon were only available in 1954, when 2nd grader Takeshi Kumon arrived home from school with a crumpled up math test stuffed in his backpack. We find it hilarious, by just how, that the ‘crumpled math test’ is this universal experience that transcends continents and generations.
  • Mrs. Kumon told her husband Toru, a senior high school math teacher, that he required to help their son with math, and voilá, the Kumon worksheet was born.

  • Today, there are 4.2 million kids Kumon that is studying in countries.

Think about the ‘grown ups?’

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

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

Eight months into this crazy Project, and I’m thinking it is Kumon ( maybe not Kaplan) that might get me to a perfect score, and I also’m thinking that the ‘10,000 hours till mastery’ theory is probably not thus far down. (I keep meaning to calculate how hours how to write a lab report biology that are many left in 2011.)**

Seriously though, I believe I’m a Kumon-lifer now. It goes through calculus), I want to start the Kumon reading regimen (lessons include Shakespeare, Homer, James Baldwin, Mark Twain — for starters) after I finish the math program (.

And then, I want to create a sculpture out of my workbooks, simply such as this little boy’s:

 

In my opinion they said he finished the reading and the mathematics programs, by the 3rd grade.

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

 

…..then therefore may 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?) many thanks for calculating for me Gilles.

Movie Conglomeration: My Week Without Children

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

Given that we utilize ‘my children’ as my biggest excuse for maybe not being able to ‘focus’ (and trust me once I say, they are always distracting me) — I’d planned getting a lot of SAT work done during those few, precious days if they were both away.

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

I can say this without a doubt:

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

The Most Readily Useful Proof 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 ACT scores, as well as 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 as well as other information suggest that colleges that seek to enroll those who will perform best in their very 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.

I quote this as a person who did terribly regarding the SAT in high school, and I really don’t think it’s because I ‘didn’t test well.’

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