Singapore scores the 2016 PISA Test World’s First in Math.

Below is the “Singapore Math” shown by a USA School adopting the pedagogy.

I had the opportunity to meet the inventor of the “Singapore Math” Prof Lee PengYee (李秉彝) in a Math seminar at NUS few years ago, who took the inspiration of the 1960s ~ 1970s Chinese School (P.S.L.E. / Secondary 1) Math 算术 (literary means “Counting Technique” sans Algebra), combined with the Polya 4-Step Problem Solving Methodology [Video by Polya], with a visual tool called “The **Model** Diagram”.

See here a tougher “Singapore Math” example for the 11-year-old kids at P.S.L.E. Exams.

**Note: **This pedagogy is based on **Concrete Visualisation**, while good for majority of young students (7 to 13 years old) to learn **computation** and **problem solving**, it doesn’t train the opposite skill from young in “**abstractness**” (eg. Basic Set Theory) which is the foundation required in university Advanced Math, where the French, Russian and USA university students excel more than the Asian cohorts.

The **Ideal Math Education** for the next **22nd** **Century**:

**1) Singapore Math** (* Computation* for Primary schools ) +

**2) English Math**(

*Math for High Schools) +*

**Applied****3) French Math**(

*Math for Universities)*

**Abstract**Current Math education is biased towards any one &/or two (out of the three):

- French students are poor in 1) & 2) but exellent in 3) – 1/3 of Fields Medals won by France !
- Chinese / Singapore students excel in 1) & 2) but 95% poor in 3) – won majority of the IMO Championships and Gold Medals in last 3 decades.