Indian Math for Americans
I recently learned about a new Web site called Indian Math Online that offers students in the United States an Indian-style edge.
Co-founder, Bob Compton, got the idea for the web site after creating the film 2 million minutes, a documentary that contrasts how top high school students in India, China, and the United States spend their time. (Guess which teens lose the most hours on video games and episodes of Grey’s Anatomy?)
The math lessons are based on Indian national standards. We don't have national standards here, but Compton estimated, after assessing his own daughters, that Indian students their age would be a couple years ahead in their math lessons.
This is a place for students to go after school for more math. Lots of it.
“In America, if you get an A you are done,” Compton said. “But in India and China, if you get an A in math, that’s just the beginning.”
The Web site site has more than 20,000 users so far. Compton said most are the sons or daughters of Indian and Chinese professionals working in the United States. The rest are either homeschoolers or the children of college professors in engineering and science.
Add me to the list of users -- at least for the week-long free trial. I'm going to see how my rusty Algebra II skills fit into the Indian curriculum and do some after-school practicing. I'll let you know how it goes!!
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