Japanese kids crush Americans at math, and it might be because of this simple trick

A recent Pew Research Center report showed an unfortunate truth — “only 29% of Americans rated their country’s K-12 education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as above average or best in the world.” While gut feelings aren’t always on point, the numbers seem to back up the sinking feelings that the majority of Americans associated with the state of our education system. Our lag behind other developed countries is more pronounced in math than science, but the fact is, we’re not close to the top in either subject.

Japanese students score far better on math tests than students in the U.S., and while there are likely many variables contributing to this, there’s a part of me that can’t help but wonder if it has something to do with what’s in the clip below. If you’re a math tutor, you might want to keep this one in your toolbelt.

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