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

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

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

At the heart of the Kumon Method is the fact that all children can handle greatness. By using their parents, relatives and buddies, children can form in ways that will humble and astonish you.

Kumon’s founder, Toru Kumon, thought every child has the prospective to master far beyond his or her moms and dads’ expectation. ‘It’s our job as educators,’ Kumon stated, ‘Not to stuff knowledge into young ones as if these were just empty containers, but to encourage each child to desire to learn, to enjoy learning and start to become capable of studying whatever he or she may must or wish to in the foreseeable future.’ Children who learn through the Kumon Method not only acquire more knowledge, but also the capability to learn on their very own.

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

I bring back some Kumon lore:

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

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

How about the ‘grown ups?’

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

Through my research, we found that simple calculations could activate the brain more effectively than any other activity. I also discovered that the way that is best to trigger the biggest regions of the brain 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’m convinced that the ‘10,000 hours till mastery’ theory is typically not so far off. (we keep meaning to calculate how much time are kept in 2011.)**

Really however, I think I’m a Kumon-lifer now. Once I complete the mathematics program (it experiences calculus), i’d like to start the Kumon reading regimen (lessons include Shakespeare, Homer, James Baldwin, Mark Twain — to begin with).

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


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

Maybe Not that this is a competition or anything essaywriterforyou.com, 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 Gilles.

Video Conglomeration: My Week Without Kids

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

Provided 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 idea if that basically happened; it is all a big blur now.

We can state this for certain:

  • I did so 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 brand 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 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 contends that these as well as other information claim that colleges that seek to enroll those who will perform best in their year that is first are against the evidence 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.

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