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Hiroko Aspi
Founder & Executive Director

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The Japanese math program, developed in the 1600s, has demonstrated remarkable effectiveness in preparing countless young learners for success in exam schools in Japan. I am thrilled to share the insights gleaned from this program and extend its benefits to young learners in the U.S.

The Japanese math program not only emphasizes problem-solving skills but also literacy and comprehension. Both problem-solving and comprehension involve deriving meaning from text and applying what has been read. These skills are inherently intertwined. Often, it is not solely mathematical abilities that erode confidence in struggling students, but rather poor comprehension skills hindering their grasp of new concepts.

JMA's approach integrates math into various subjects, recognizing its relevance across academic disciplines. Just as in science, our program encourages students to transform observations into learning experiences. Through observation, exploration, and discovery phases, students gain confidence in their ability to independently arrive at solutions. We eschew grading, as it can penalize mistakes and discourage risk-taking. Instead, our collaborative approach fosters a supportive environment where students can freely share and develop their solutions.

While not all students naturally find joy in learning math, JMA aims to illustrate that math is a tool for understanding the world around us. Math equips individuals with the ability to think critically and reason independently. I look forward to welcoming you to our program and helping you discover the power and relevance of mathematics in everyday life.

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