When it comes to comparing American math and science education to other countries, most people will tell you Japanese schools do a much better job. So, what’s the secret?

If you think it might be the material they use, now you have the chance to buy an English translation of the most widely-used elementary math textbook in Japan.

Now, for the first time, U.S. teachers can finally see for themselves how Japanese teachers develop dynamic lessons and deep mathematical understanding with the English publication of the most widely used textbook in Japan, Tokyo Shoseki’s Mathematics for Elementary School (Grades 1 to 6)!

Developing “deep mathematical understanding”. That certainly differs sharply from the curriculum used in most American classrooms where students spend almost all their time on the mechanical processes at the core of the standardized tests.

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