The Success of French New Math Education in Secondary Schools

New Math  education is successful in France but failed miserably in the U. S. (1960s) because of ONE simple reason: Math teacher’s quality and quantity.

In France, each year the best of the undergraduate Math students are selected via the CONCOURS for Ecole Normale  Supérieure – the Top university in France, and the World’s BEST incubator for Fields Medalists.

Below is a report by a Chinese Math educator studying the French Math Education success:

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法国中学数学教材的特色 (The unique characteristics of French Secondary School New Math Syllabus)

Singapore Math (PSLE)

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This is the typical Singapore PSLE Math for 12-year-old school students sitting for Primary School Leaving Exams (PSLE).

The Primary 6 kids have not learnt Algebra, which will be taught only 1 year later in Secondary schools.

Singapore is proud of her unique “Singapore Math“, characterised by Polya-style Problem-Solving Process , aided with visual Modelling and Guesstimation techniques.

It is Singapore’s secret of being the World’s 2nd position in PISA Test (Math), after China (Shanghai) which beats us with Algebra teaching at this age.

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See if you can solve this problem without Algebra.

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2016 Great Commencement Speech

The Relational Database Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison, is the 6th richest man in the world. His parents were disappointed by him dropping out from Medicine, first wife divorced him for lack of ambition.
He likes oceans, found Software his true love and big fortune.

Here,  he revealed his good friend Steve Jobs in 1995 refused his offer to help put Steve back to Apple as CEO with $5 billion “Buy Back”.

Key Take-Home Wisdom:

1. Crazy: If people say your idea is crazy, then it means 2 things:

Either:
It is a really great idea nobody knows it yet — like his building of impossible high-performance Relational Database Oracle.
Or,
You are really a fool.

2. Work not for money, but for a dream to help serve the world.