Kumon

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Kumon Math and Reading Center
TypePrivate
IndustryEducation
Founded1958
HeadquartersOsaka, Japan (Global HQ), Teaneck, NJ (North America HQ)
ProductsKumon Math and Kumon Reading Kumon Chinese(In Hong Kong and China)
Websitewww.kumongroup.com
 
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Kumon Math and Reading Center
TypePrivate
IndustryEducation
Founded1958
HeadquartersOsaka, Japan (Global HQ), Teaneck, NJ (North America HQ)
ProductsKumon Math and Kumon Reading Kumon Chinese(In Hong Kong and China)
Websitewww.kumongroup.com
A Scio Township, Michigan Kumon Math and Reading Center in May 2012.

Kumon Education and Research Association of Japan is a corporation and an education brand created by Toru Kumon. The Kumon method is the math and reading educational method which is practiced in the Kumon centers.[1]

Kumon History[edit]

In 1954, Toru Kumon began to teach his eldest son, who was having problems in mathematics at school. Through the support he provided to his son and to other children in the neighbourhood, Toru Kumon developed the Kumon Method. In 1958, Kumon opened the first Kumon Center in Osaka, Japan with the help of parents who were interested in the Method. In 1960, he founded the Kumon Institute of Education, after which Kumon Centers began to open around the world. As of March 2013, over 4340000 students have been enrolled under the Kumon Method in more than 7,500 Kumon Centers in 48 countries around the world.[2]

The Kumon Program[edit]

Kumon is a math and reading program intended to supplement rather than replace school lessons. Students do not work together as a class, but progress through the program at their own pace, moving on to the next level when they have achieved mastery of the previous level. Students are guided by trained Kumon Instructors and Assistants. Mastery is defined as speed (using a standard completion time) and accuracy.[3] They take an achievement test at the end of each level.

Company Value[edit]

The Kumon family, led by Toru's wife Teiko, owns 35 percent of the company. Forbes magazine estimated in March 2009 that the entire company was currently worth over $499 million.[4]

Math Program[edit]

7A-2A are preschool levels.[5]

Levels A-F are elementary school levels.

Levels G-J are middle school levels.

Levels K-O are high school levels.

Level X is an elective level for grades 7+; also, there are no tests available yet on this level.

Answer books are available for all levels 7A through O.

Reading program[edit]

International presence of Kumon[edit]

Pencils and an eraser with the Kumon logo

The Kumon language program varies regionally.[6] For example, the Chinese reading program in China is different from the Chinese reading programs in Hong Kong and Singapore,[7][8][9] and the English program in the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines varies from the English program in the United Kingdom.[10] Additionally, Kumon Korea has other subjects, such as science, calligraphy, Korean, and Chinese characters, which are not available elsewhere.[11]

The Math program also varies. The math program for most countries goes up to Level O and Level X.[12][13][14][15] However, in Japan, the math program is available up to Level V.[16] The Kumon method is controversial in Japan, with its critics, including the Japanese Ministry for Education, alleging that Kumon promotes rote learning as opposed to critical thinking.[17]

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