By Finley Allan at December 02 2020 00:46:20

For seven years I've watched my beautiful son hunched over Kumon math worksheets· He finds little enjoyment from them and I'd rather see him chasing butterflies· They've certainly helped his Math performance at school −− he's top of his class’ but I wonder if the effort has been worth it in the big scheme of things· He's currently solving about 100 polynomials per day· Man’ he can really solve polynomials’ and fast· But for what?

Math worksheets rarely ask students to think critically or creatively· They usually present multiple examples of the same problem type with the hope of reinforcing a skill or procedure· They do not challenge students to use higher order thinking skills such as comparing’ analyzing’ deducing’ and synthesizing· These skills are built through activities in which students discover concepts’ explore ideas’ test a hypothesis’ solve a problem’ and discuss their thinking with their peers· Exploring concepts and problems in many different ways builds interest and promotes critical thinking·