What does Jeff Benzos See in Singapore Maths?
It is no secret that students in China and Singapore are excelling in maths. Especially compared to children in other nations. But what is the reason for this? The name Jeff Bezos often comes up when it comes to the success rates of maths, but what is the link between the two?
What is Singapore Maths?
Also known as maths for mastery, this approach to teaching maths is to ensure that children are fluent, but help them to solve non-routine maths problems, without rote learning and memorising procedures.
It is an entirely different approach to thinking and teaching, something that is not seen throughout the rest of the world, however, it really does seem to be working for those students in South Asia.
One of the concepts of Singapore Maths is that the entire class moves at the same pace. Each topic is tackled and studied in depth and the teacher will not move onto the next topic until the entire class have demonstrated that they have an understanding of the concepts that have been taught.
Another key aspect is Singapore Maths is that students are given the time to think and consider the approaches and concepts that come with their learning. They are not given rules and procedures to memorise, but instead are encouraged to understand their learning on a relational level.
It may seem that things are taught at a much slower pace, however, this slower pace allows the students to get to grips with the subject and stops the need for the teachers to revisit any topics.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Singapore Maths, particularly when it comes to the students who are learning, is that it is able to build self-confidence in those learning the subject. The traditional approach that is seen throughout the rest of the world is that children are split into different groups that reflects their own learning ability (or what is their anticipated ability). This means, from a very early age, children are going to be segregated into those who are “good at” and those who are “bad at” maths. This will lead them to feel doubt in their own ability, which will in turn affect the effort that they put in and even have an impact on their learning.
When maths is taught with the Singapore approach all children are given access to the maths curriculum in full. It is this inclusive approach which improves the confidence in those people and helps them to make the most of their learning.
Why is Jeff Bezos linked to this variety of teaching maths?
Jeff Bezos is a name that you may have heard of. He is the creator and CEO of Amazon and is one of the richest men in the world. Needless to say, Jeff is keen on finding new, creative and inventive ways to get things done. This brought to his and his wife MacKenzie’s attention, the world of Singapore Maths.
Both of them, as parents, want to make sure that they give their children the very best education. They tried a variety of different approaches, which included Mandarin lessons, after school clubs and also encouraging their children to spend time playing with neighbourhood kids. All things that can help children to become well-rounded and well-adjusted, as well as brush up on those vital social skills.
With such a big name in the world of business embracing this different approach to teaching and learning, we are sure that it won’t be long before it starts to appear across the rest of the world. This may very well have a huge positive impact on the understanding and passion that kids have for mathematics across the globe.