All Kiddies Are Capable of Greatness. Yes, I said all.

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All Kiddies Are Capable of Greatness. Yes, I said all. Actually the Kumon website said it:

At the heart associated with Kumon Method is the belief that all children are capable of greatness. With the help of their parents, family and friends, children can develop in techniques will humble and amaze you.

Kumon’s founder, Toru Kumon, believed every young child has got the potential to learn far beyond their parents’ expectation. ‘It’s our job as educators,’ Kumon said, ‘Not to stuff knowledge into kiddies as if they were merely empty boxes, but to encourage each child to want to learn, to enjoy learning and be effective at learning whatever he or she may need certainly to or wish to in the foreseeable future.’ Children who learn through the Kumon Method not only acquire more knowledge, but additionally the capacity to learn on their particular.

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 week my friend Catherine and we visited the Kumon head office.

I bring back some Kumon lore:

  • Kumon were only available in 1954, whenever 2nd grader Takeshi Kumon came house from school with a crumpled up math test loaded in his backpack. I find it hilarious, by just how, that the ‘crumpled math test’ is this experience that is universal transcends continents and generations.
  • Mrs. Kumon told her spouse Toru, a highschool math instructor, he required to help their son with math, and voilá, the Kumon worksheet came to be.

  • Today, you will find 4.2 million kiddies Kumon that is studying in countries.

Think about the ‘grown ups?’

Ends up, 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, I found that simple calculations could activate the brain more effectively than any other activity. I also discovered that the best way to activate the largest regions of mental performance would be to solve these calculations quickly.

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

Seriously however, I think 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 make a sculpture out of my workbooks, just like this little boy’s:


I believe they stated he finished the reading and the math programs, by the third grade.

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


…..then so can I.

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

Movie Conglomeration: My Week Without Children

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

Given 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 when they were both away that I use ‘my kids’ as my biggest excuse for not being able to ‘focus’ (and trust.

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

I can state this for certain:

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

The Most 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, and for which first-year grades were also available: Barnard and Colby Colleges, Carnegie Mellon University and the Georgia Institute of tech. 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 claim that colleges that seek to enlist those that will perform best in their year that is first are against the proof when they make the SAT optional. ‘Making the SAT optional appears 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 in the SAT in highschool, and I actually don’t think it’s because We ‘didn’t test well.’



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