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From: Sue Clark

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2005110702:52:45
Subject: Re: Kumon math method

There are provincial assessment tests done in British Columbia.  My
son was not in Kumon, but scored at the top of his class in both his
grade 4 and grade 7 numeracy testing.   The students who took Kumon in
his class did not become math geniuses; they were still relatively
slow on the uptake when it came to understanding new concepts.

Kumon is not for everyone.   I am amazed at how series of arithmetic
exercises are being credited with making kids good at mathematics.   I
also hate the idea of having to beat the clock to advance.    My kids
were both already receiving far too much elementary-school homework. 
It would be cruel to send them to Kumon in place of relaxing or
playing sports.

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