More than half of U.S. students entering 2-year colleges need to take at least one developmental course.
Test results indicate that three out of four U.S. high school seniors are not proficient in math. Even in developed countries that outscore us on international exams, the proficiency rate is below 50%. In the United States alone, well over 30 million K-12 students fall into this category. Internationally, that number is several hundred million. More than half of U.S. students entering 2-year colleges need to take at least one developmental course because they are not ready for college-level algebra.
Too many enter school lacking the verbal understanding they need to learn math.
These staggering numbers stem in part from a lack of math language fluency, a failing that begins before children reach school age. As is the case with language in general, not all children are raised with adequate exposure to natural math vocabulary and usage. Too many enter school lacking the verbal understanding they need to learn math.
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Schools tend to exacerbate rather than remedy the problem. Students are expected to learn how to use symbols for terms like one-half of and one less than without the prerequisite understanding of those phrases. Those who don’t catch on right away are considered – by teachers, classmates, and themselves – to be not good in math. And they fall further behind.
To disrupt this negative cycle, Words2Math focuses on building a fluency foundation early, beginning with Zip and Abby, an app that helps preschoolers learn the friendly language of math. Later levels help older students and adults catch up by learning the terms and phrases of an increasingly quantitative world: 40 percent greater risk; two-thirds of the voters; at a cost of $40 billion; buy 1 get second at half-off.
Our brains are built to learn language. Like programs that teach second languages, Words2Math takes advantage of this natural ability of ours, teaching through experience, not rules. In this way, Words2Math helps children and adults become fluent in what could be considered the most important language in the world today.