All Young Ones Are Capable of Greatness. Yes, We said all.

All Young Ones Are Capable of Greatness. Yes, We said all. Actually the Kumon website said it:

At the heart regarding the Kumon Method is the fact that all children can handle success. By using their parents, family and friends, children could form in techniques will humble and amaze you.

Kumon’s founder, Toru Kumon, believed every young child has the possible to learn far beyond his / her moms and dads’ expectation. ‘It’s our job as educators,’ Kumon said, ‘Not to stuff knowledge into young ones as if these were merely empty bins, but to encourage each child to want to learn, to enjoy learning and start to become with the capacity of learning 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 ability to learn on their very own.

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

Final 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 by having a crumpled up math test loaded in his backpack. I find it hilarious, by the way, that the ‘crumpled math test’ is this universal experience that transcends continents and generations.
  • Mrs. Kumon told her spouse Toru, a senior school math teacher, he required to assist their son with math, and voilá, the Kumon worksheet came to be.

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

What about the ‘grown ups?’

Turns out, there is an adult Kumon workbook, Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain, and 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. I also discovered that the way that is best to activate the largest regions of the brain was to solve these calculations quickly.

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

Really 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 would like to create a sculpture out of my workbooks, simply such as this boy that is little:


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

Not that this really 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.

Video Conglomeration: My Week Without Kids

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

Offered 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 actually happened; it is all a blur that is big.

We can say this without a doubt:

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

The Best 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. At every one of these institutions, the students who submitted SAT scores had somewhat better first-year grades than those who didn’t.

Wainer argues that these along with other data declare that colleges that seek to enlist those that will perform best in their very first year are acting against the proof when they make the SAT optional. ‘Making the SAT optional generally 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 someone who did terribly in the SAT in highschool, and I actually don’t think it’s because We ‘didn’t test well.’