Date: 3/24/96 15:52:58 From: Bruce Boyer Subject: Kumon math Do you know how I can find information on the Kumon method of teaching mathematics? It was developed by Mr. Toru Kumon of Japan in 1958. Mr. Kumon passed away about July 28, 1995. The method is supposed to be used by about 1.6 million students in Japan and an additional 500,000 more in the rest of the world including 65,000 in the United States. I am not having any luck tracking down the program or anyone who knows how I can find it. I have not been able to find it through this math finder. Can you help?
Date: 3/24/96 at 23:54:54 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: Kumon math Hi Bruce - If you search for kumon math using the Web searcher Alta Vista http://altavista.digital.com you'll find a number of sites. The main site is probably http://www.kumon.com/ . Here's some information from Saint Mary's School in Orange, Texas (U.S.A.), which has been "#1 in the United States, Mexico and Canada for the school years 1993-1994 and 1994-1995." The Kumon math system was developed in Japan over 30 years ago and is currently used in more than 18 countries. Kumon emphasizes individual self-learning and ensures mastery through repeated practice; 100% mastery of each level is necessary to proceed to the next level. The students are placed in a comfortable starting level based upon initial testing. They practice on a sequenced series of math worksheets, arranged in increasingly difficult lines, curves, and shapes of the numbers and lead up to more difficult levels of calculus and differential equations. Sessions are held for approximately 20 minutes daily (Pre-K-1st will be in two 10-minute sessions) and do not involve homework. Students who have used this program have experienced improved test and SAT scores. It is for every type of student--those who are average, below average, or gifted. Kumon is a tool that can help students excel in problem solving and team work. It does not take the place of the classroom math program where concepts are presented and expanded. For more information call: 1-201-928-0444 for the Kumon Headquarters of North America 1-800-505-8666 for the Kumon Headquarters of Houston, Texas .......................... Kumon math may be spread via franchise, so there are Kumon centers in many areas of the world: http://www.ifis.com/ifis/news/kumon.html Japanese Supplemental Math Training Program Franchise a Hit in Canada Date: July 17, 1995 The Kumon Educational Institute's private math program currently has revenues of almost C$1 billion and has franchises in 30 countries. In Canada, the number of outlets has grown from one in 1980 to 250. The estimated number of students in North America by the year 2000 is 500,000, Canada accounting for about a third of that number. Customers of this franchise are usually middle-class parents who want to see their children achieving academically. The program is operated from worksheets of 19 different levels, without electronic aid. ........................... There's also an interview from Australia at "an Australian centre where a Japanese technique for teaching basic mathematics skills is proving very popular even though it is an after school program and it costs money." See http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/edurpt/estories/er081101.htm ........................... Here's a short bibliography from http://www.rahul.net/dehnbase/hold/ : Chester E. Finn, Jr., "Made in Japan: Low-Tech Method for Math Success," Wall Street Journal, 12 July 1989. Patricia L. Hollingsworth, "A Reformer's Retrogression: Speaking Out for Kumon Mathematics," Education Week, 27 November 1991. Andrew Murr, "Samurai Math Gets a Tryout: 'Kumon Is Coming," Newsweek, 10 April 1989. Laurel Shaper Walters, "Math Mastery the Japanese Way," Christian Science Monitor, 11 February 1991. Aleta Watson, "Kumon Method Adds Up: Popularity of Math Class from Japan Multiplies," San Jose Mercury News, 2 December 1990. -Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum
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