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A growing movement of frustrated American parents and teachers, who decided to use value-for-money math books imported from Singapore as a protest against the expensive, thick and shallow textbooks used in US schools.
Following the success of Singapore Math homeschoolers, a number of US states had adopted the foreign curriculum. The results have been pretty encouraging, as Singapore Math students continue to outperform their peers who are stuck with dated or bloated math curriculums.
by MathPlus July 20, 2016
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The mathematical equivalent of having brown rice rather than white biryani rice. An unsexy, wholesome math curriculum that is healthy to the mind, but brain-unfriendly for most students, who need to force themselves to mastering the concepts confidently.
Like taking cod liver oil, which is good for the body immune system, Singapore math may look unappetizing, but after spending a few hundred hours practicing thousands of nonroutine, impractical or sterile questions, your brain can only get mathematically stronger and healthier.
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by MathPlus June 07, 2018
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A form of “mathematical acupuncture” that could relieve non-Singapore teachers and students of math anxiety, if they experiment with problem-solving heuristics like the bar model method and stack model method, while experiencing the pain of brain-unfriendly questions.
Although a number of countries that embraced Singapore math have seen significant improvement in their students’ math scores, however, without parental and societal pressures for a nation to become numerate, at best cosmetic changes would result even with the best math curriculum in place.
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by MathPlus July 14, 2018
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