Students often decide they won’t need math or reading in their future careers, and that if they do, they’ll have their phones for looking up what they need; but there are too many degrees that require students to pass basic math and English in their first year of study.
Not having these skills can set them back severely from a well-paid future career.
Soon after, he changed the name of the center from the Kumon Institute of Mathematics to the Kumon Institute of Education to reflect the fact that the center also had reading programs.
The program really began to grow after the success of Kumon’s book, to where Kumon is now a program that teaches 4 million students around the world, with 2,200 Kumon centers in the US alone.
Kumon centers were first started in 1958 by Toru Kumon in Osaka, Japan, after he found the teaching methods he developed for his son, Takeshi, helped him greatly with his reading and math skills.
Kumon had previously been a high school teacher, and he developed the program based on teaching students rote memorization of math facts.
Many of the books on the Recommended Reading List have won literary awards such as the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award.” The Kumon math program begins with counting and number sequencing and over the program, builds up to calculus, probability, and statistics.
Over the last 25 years, schools have been expanding their class size and shrinking the ratio of teachers per student.
The practice of pushing through in small steps rather than getting overwhelmed with the end picture has given them tools for life.
“My determination to keep going has become stronger,” says one aspiring ballerina.