All Children Are Designed For Greatness. Yes, We said all.

All Children Are Designed For Greatness. Yes, We said all. really the Kumon website said it:

At the heart associated with the Kumon Method is the fact that all children are capable of success. With the aid of their parents, family and friends, children can develop in ways that will humble and astonish you.

Kumon’s founder, Toru Kumon, believed every young child gets 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 if they certainly were just empty boxes, but to encourage each child to desire to learn, to enjoy learning and become effective at studying whatever he/she may have to or wish to in the foreseeable future.’ Children who learn through the Kumon Method not essaywriterforyou com only acquire more knowledge, but also the capacity to learn on unique.

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 and they aren’t as ‘capable of success’ as they were in the past).

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

I bring back some Kumon lore:

  • Kumon were only available in 1954, whenever 2nd grader Takeshi Kumon arrived home from school having a crumpled up math test packed in his backpack. I find it hilarious, by the way, that the ‘crumpled mathematics test’ is this universal experience that transcends continents and generations.
  • Mrs. Kumon told her husband Toru, a high school math teacher, he needed to help math, and voilá to their son, the Kumon worksheet came to be.

  • Today, you can find 4.2 million young ones 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 mind, and it has sold millions of copies. From the introduction:

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

Eight months into this crazy Project, and I also’m thinking it is Kumon ( maybe 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 is typically not thus far off. (we keep meaning to calculate how hours that are many kept in 2011.)**

Really however, I think I’m a Kumon-lifer now. After I finish the math program (it undergoes calculus), i would like to start the Kumon reading regimen (lessons include Shakespeare, Homer, James Baldwin, Mark Twain — for starters).

And then, I do want to make a sculpture out of my workbooks, just like this boy that is little:


In my opinion they stated he finished the reading and the mathematics programs, by the third grade.

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


…..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.

Video Conglomeration: My Week Without Young Ones

My one week with both kids away come july 1st, 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.

We can state this without a doubt:

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

The Most Readily Useful Proof Is Frequently Ignored


From Inside Higher Ed about a new guide called Uneducated Guesses:

Then Wainer examined four colleges that let students submit SAT or scores that are ACT and for which first-year grades had been 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 contends that these along with other data suggest that colleges that seek to enlist those who 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 that it’ll be the lower-scoring pupils who perform more poorly, on average, in their first-year college courses, also though the admissions office has found other evidence on which to offer them a spot,’ he writes.

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