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

 Actually the Kumon website said it:

At the heart of this Kumon Method is the fact that all children can handle success. With the aid of their moms and dads, family and friends, children can form in methods will humble and amaze you.

Kumon’s founder, Toru Kumon, believed every young child has got the potential to understand far beyond his or her moms and dads’ expectation. ‘It’s our job as educators,’ Kumon said, ‘Not to stuff knowledge into young ones as if these people were merely empty boxes, but to encourage each child to desire to learn, to enjoy learning and become capable of learning whatever she or he 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 unique.

But I 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 are alson’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 house from school having a crumpled up math test filled in his backpack. I find it hilarious, by the way in which, that the ‘crumpled mathematics test’ is this universal experience that transcends continents and generations.
  • Mrs. Kumon told her spouse Toru, a highschool math instructor, which he needed to assist math, and voilá to their son, the Kumon worksheet personal reflective essay outline was born.
  • Today, you can find 4.2 million kiddies learning Kumon in 46 countries.

What about the ‘grown ups?’

Ends up, there is an adult Kumon workbook, Train the human Brain: 60 Days up 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 mind more effectively than any other activity. I also discovered that the best way to stimulate the biggest regions of the mind would be to solve these calculations quickly.

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

Really though, I think I’m a Kumon-lifer now. After I complete the mathematics program (it goes through calculus), I want to start out the Kumon reading regimen (lessons include Shakespeare, Homer, James Baldwin, Mark Twain — for starters).

And then, I want to create a sculpture out of my workbooks, just similar to this little boy’s:


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

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


…..then so can I.

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

Movie Conglomeration: My without Kids week

My one week with both kids away come early july, is over.

Provided that I utilize ‘my young ones’ as my biggest excuse for perhaps not being able to ‘focus’ (and trust me when I say, they are constantly distracting me) — I’d planned getting a lot of SAT work done during those few, precious times when they were both away.

No concept if that really happened; it is all a big blur now.

I can say this for certain:

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

The Most 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 as well as 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 suggest that colleges that seek to enroll those who will perform best in their first year are acting against the proof when they make the SAT optional. ‘Making the SAT optional generally seems to guarantee that it will likely 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 provide them a spot,’ he writes.

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