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The new year ahead promises to be an interesting one in the mathematical world, particularly as the new Core Math and other Core Curriculum subjects are tested to their full. This is/was one of the most controversial topics of 2013, not just for math but for the entire American educational system. Students from the US were among the lowest ranked in the whole world when 15-year-olds were tested. Of course, Asian students remain some of the most affluent in the world, outperforming all other nations with ease.

Our BeijingMath program is tailored to be as rigorous as the Chinese national curriculum so any Core Math changes will be moot. However, we welcome any changes that make the curriculum more challenging, and maybe even more difficult. There have been arguments for both sides of the story, with a seemingly equal amount of opponents and proponents. Regardless of individuals’ views only time will tell if things have changed for the better.

Even if the new system fails to deliver, something needs to be done…..and fast

Performing poorly in almost every subject is not something to be taken lightly and at BeijingMath we feel this makes it more essential that Chinese students studying in America use our program. This will ensure that they are regularly challenged to their full potential, irrespective of their coursework. It’s no secret that Asian students take education more seriously than the rest of the world, and that hard work WILL lead to a prosperous future.

China has one of the strongest economies in the entire world now, thanks to their stringent educational systems and a go-to attitude that is second to none. We are not saying that the American educational system is flawed in any way; however, facts and figures don’t lie. The drastic overhaul to a Core Curriculum is a clear indication that something is wrong. Let’s hope that it does make a difference.

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Our math program is tailored to keep students performing well in all aspects of mathematics, and those who use our program regularly have nothing to worry about when it comes to their school’s curriculum. It gives students questions based on their previous answers, with progressively more difficult ones when answering correctly and slightly easier ones when answering incorrectly. This has the advantage of keeping them motivated without being disheartened by too many wrong answers. More importantly, it allows parents/teachers to assess which areas of math each student needs further tuition in. Knowing exactly which areas of math each person is struggling in is vital for keeping them up-to-speed with the rest of their class.

Even though our program has been designed with the rigors of the Chinese curriculum, that doesn’t mean it’s targeted specifically at people from China. Anyone can use it with ease and those who do will notice significant improvements with their regular coursework. We guarantee that any student using our program regularly will ALWAYS outperform the rest of their class. Unless other students in the class are using our program too, then it will be a close call!

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Does Core Math Really Work?

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There has been plenty of speculation about the new Core Math Curriculum with many hailing its potential, however, not everyone is convinced. An interesting article, available here, goes on to say that those who perform well with the new curriculum will still have sub-standard math skills and are unlikely to obtain a college degree. The exact numbers are hard to prove at this early stage, although the new curriculum is believed to be poor compared to the entry requirements for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. Most notably, the curriculum ends after Algebra II and doesn’t cover anything important that is a necessity for later educational systems.

Core Math is supposed to be more difficult and give students vital life skills

With so many news reports about Core Math lately it’s hard to fully understand how effective it is, with some praising and others condemning it. The focus on problem solving skills is undoubtedly a good thing, but that doesn’t mean much when basic mathematic al techniques are excluded from the curriculum completely. Here is an excerpt from the report mentioned earlier:

“U.S. government data show that only one out of every 50 prospective STEM majors who begin their undergraduate math coursework at the precalculus level or lower will earn bachelor’s degrees in a STEM area. Moreover, students whose last high school mathematics course was Algebra II or lower have less than a 40 percent chance of earning any kind of four-year college degree.”

Another report by Washington Policy goes on to say:

“The Common Core math standards fail to meet the content targets recommended by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, the standards of leading states, and our international competitors. They exclude certain Algebra 2 and Geometry content that is currently a prerequisite at almost every four-year state college, essentially re-defining “college readiness” to mean readiness for a non-selective community college. They abandon the expectation that students take Algebra 1 in eighth grade.”

Two separate reports clearly showing that the new Core Math system is flawed and far from adequate. Our math program is more advanced than any curriculum so it will always give children the necessary skills needed for any college degree. Of course, our questions are tailored to be similar to the American curriculum, but they are a bit more advanced and challenge children further. The DDA system we use ensures that each child is challenged at a level they are comfortable with, keeping them motivated and inspired to learn more.

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Whether or not the new Core Math is up to standard doesn’t make much difference to the skills students will learn using BeijingMath. We always adapt our questions so that children will learn different aspects of mathematics at an advanced level. Moreover, they will understand each process involved with different mathematical methods and they will understand why they are learning such math. It’s vital that children understand math as early as possible so we encourage parents to introduce BeijingMath as part of their school work in grade one. This will give them an edge over their classmates and it will make regular coursework much easier.

We are happy to answer any questions regarding Core Math or the BeijingMath program; just leave a comment here or contact us via our website. Also, we have a special offer running until the end of January that gives 10% off at checkout, just enter this code:

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A Special Promotion from BeijingMath to Celebrate the Holiday Season

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We wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t offer our customers, new and existing, a special promotional discount for Christmas. This code can be used up until the end of January 2014 so there’s plenty of time to take advantage of it. Simply enter this code:

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at checkout and you will receive a 10% reduction automatically.

Now is the ideal time to tell friends and family about BeijingMath, plus it might help alleviate some concerns about the new Core Math system. Our program IS the best in the industry thanks to the Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment system since it gives each child unique questions tailored to their skill level. In our last blog we mentioned how fifteen-year-old students in the U.S. achieved some of the lowest test results in the whole world, but Asian students continue to top the charts!

We have tried to make this promotion as user-friendly as possible but if you have any questions then you can leave a comment below, also you can visit our Facebook page and ask other members too.

American Students Perform Poorly in Examinations Compared to the Rest of the World

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A report by the New York Times outlined how fifteen-year-old students in America were outperformed by almost every other country in the world. This has been met with some controversy as the nation failed in every subject, including mathematics. They didn’t make the top 20 for any academic discipline and it is a worrying statistic. Fortunately, students in EVERY Asian country performed well, with many topping the table for each discipline. At BeijingMath we are concerned about these findings because it clearly shows that the American educational system is flawed, despite the introduction of a Core Curriculum. This makes it even more essential for Chinese students to use our advanced math practice program, otherwise their grades could also fall below standard.

Perhaps it isn’t the curriculum but the attitude towards learning

One could blame a poor curriculum or poor educational infrastructure, but it could be plausible that American students don’t care enough about education. Asian students have a far more rigorous approach when it comes to educating children and it shows when it comes to exam times. This gives them an edge over everyone else and it will lead to a prosperous future for each and every one of them. A report by the Wall Street Journal indicates the severity such poor results will have on America’s economy, with Asian countries and even European ones outperforming America.

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This report was based on fifteen-year-old students only

Okay, it might not seem like a big deal since it was based on one age group, but everyone knows that the trend will be similar for each grade. After all, these students were educated using the same regime in previous years. We will always ensure our BeijingMath program challenges children to their full potential, meaning they will perform well in all aspects of mathematics. Not only will the perform well, but they will fully understand each branch of maths and why they are learning it. Chinese students are some of the most diligent in the world, so they don’t need as much motivation to learn and that has shown in the global examination results.

To show our support for helping Chinese students enhance their potential we are offering our customers a 10% promotional voucher. To take advantage of this special offer, just enter the following code at checkout on our BeijingMath program:

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P.S. If you have any questions about our products or services then don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to answer your queries.

Obtaining Valuable Life Skills

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When we think of numbers we are aware of how they work and what they mean, but we don’t always fully understand their true purpose. At BeijingMath we try to provide a mix of skills in each of our practice sections. Our questions try to invoke new ideas and enhance problem solving skills, which will make later grades (and current ones) much easier. The DDA system is unique in that it will always produce new questions based on previous answers; ensuring each child is ALWAYS challenged to their individual potential. There are no other mathematics programs in the world (that we know of) that do this. We try to give children a unique perspective on why they are learning math so they won’t just be answering one question after another.

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Our new additions, such as Grade Nine and a reward system, have proved popular with children and parents/teachers and we will be making further changes in the future. Making mathematics fun can be a bit difficult since not everyone is interested in the subject. We talked about recognizing genius in our last blog and how some people are born with natural abilities in particular fields of study. Some will be born with exceptional mathematical skills; some will be born with exceptional language skills and so on. For those who aren’t born with an affinity to mathematics, they won’t be as interested in the topic as those who are. However, one great thing about BeijingMath is that it harnesses a child’s individual affluence and improves upon it accordingly. This is all automated so those who use our program won’t even be aware that the program is tailoring each question to their needs.

We are proponents of the new Core Math introduced across the U.S. because it’s an intriguing concept and very similar to our strategy in the BeijingMath program. We want children to understand all aspects of mathematics but we also want them to understand why they are learning such skills, as well as learning different ways to solve problems. There won’t always be one answer to a question, for example, the square root of any positive number always has two values, despite the fact that everyone seems to forget about the negative answer most of the time.

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When children can harness problem solving skills in the mathematical world, they can use these in any other subject at school and it will prove highly beneficial in later life. These skills will last for a child’s whole life so it’s something we want to instil in them as often as possible using our math practice questions. Reading from a textbook and answering mundane questions one after another achieves nothing. Children need to be motivated and intrigued by questions; something our DDA system does well. This should keep any child interested in math, even if they weren’t born with a particular affluence to the subject.

Recognizing Genius

The Rubik’s cube was invented in 1974 by a Hungarian architect, Erno Rubik, and it wasn’t long before the puzzle became mainstream. The concept of the puzzle is simple enough: rotate the dials until the colors match. As we all know though, it’s far from simple in practice, especially since there are over 43 quintillion possible permutations (43,252,003,274,489,856,000 to be exact). When these were fairly new they were a great challenge and left most people around the world stumped, and quite frustrated too! At the same time, “speedcubers” were competing with each other to break the new world record (the most recent shown in the video above). Most people still didn’t have a clue and a majority had also given up, but there were a few enthusiasts who studied the cube emphatically. Some people, even young children, had no problem solving these puzzles since their brains were “wired” to do so. One could say that they were Rubik’s prodigies, although they probably excelled at a lot more things other than the cube.

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Then we have chess geniuses as young as seven competing with veteran grandmasters

There have been a few movies about child chess players who are on par with the greatest players in the world, although movies tend to use more hyperbole than fact so it’s hard to take them seriously. However, Magnus Carlsen is one such genius who forced a draw from the then world number one, Gary Kasparov. Magnus was aged just 13 at the time and he later went on to beat Kasparov in the same year, something that seems quite unbelievable considering Kasparov was and still is one of the greatest players of all time.

So what?

We all know that a few people in society excel in particular fields and their brains have something different that allows them to do this, but we don’t really know what that something is. Some children are good at math, some are really good and some are beyond anything we can comprehend. Some can do incredible arithmetic in their head in an instant, some can memorize Pi to 100,000 decimal places with ease, some can understand advanced calculus without ever opening a math book. We don’t know how or why some people have brains like this, but we do know how to recognize and harness their potential at an early stage, thanks in part to technology.

At BeijingMath our program is unlike any other mathematics practice program in  the world; it uses Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment (DDA) to give each child new questions based on their personal skill level. That means that students who struggle in a certain category will receive slightly easier questions until they improve, then they will get more difficult questions.  If a child does turn out to be a prodigy it will be far easier to spot. Parents/teachers can check the progress of each child and fully understand which areas they are excelling in or which areas they need more tuition in. This saves time and effort for everyone concerned and it also ensures no child is getting bored by learning things they already understand.

The Concept of Numbers

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When we think of numbers it’s not particularly difficult to add arbitrary amounts, such as 3 +5, although it isn’t so easy to place a number on lots of things in our universe. In our last blog we mentioned how black holes have zero mass and infinite density at their center, but that is impossible to know for sure. All we really know is that they contain enormous amounts of energy, which equates to a lot of mass and gravity. This amount of gravity will distort time so in a sense one could time travel by getting close to a black hole. There have been a few attempts to explain black holes using mathematics, such as the Hawking Hamiltonian, but how can we possibly explain something we don’t really understand. For all we know there could be entire universes within each black hole.

This is just one example of how mathematics isn’t particularly straightforward. We use numbers and equations every day to solve lots of basic questions and we are happy that they work because they have been proven to work. Until we know that something doesn’t work, we are happy to continue using the mathematics we know. Einstein’s theory of relativity has stood the test of time and even holds true with black holes, but we will never know if this is true inside of a black hole. There really could be infinite density inside however impossible it may seem. When trying to explain things as complicated as black holes there is one bigger picture to look at.

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Is one the largest number?

The black hole itself is only one thing, regardless of its contents, we can say it’s one unit with billions of smaller units inside. On Earth we have some seven billion inhabitants, 800 thousand species of insects and again it’s all part of one planet, which is part of one solar system. The solar system is part of one galaxy, The Milky Way, and that galaxy is part of one universe. Who knows, maybe that one universe is part of even more universes. Some say this is proof of one sole deity since everything can be explained as being a set of one thing, that’s a bit off topic though.

Having arbitrary numbers is perfect for pretty much everything we encounter. Pythagoras Theorem works for every right angled triangle and Pi works for pretty much everything related to circles. We learn about these things because they work for everything. Numbers help in almost every aspect of our lives and even though we might not fully understand why we are learning something, it will prove highly beneficial in later life. At BeijingMath we want children to gain as much knowledge as possible, not only because it’s part of a curriculum but because it will make their whole lives easier. This may seem like hyperbole except when one considers that everything can be explained using mathematics, even black holes (for now anyway).