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April 26, 2005

Kumon Leading Early Education Boom

The Japanese company Kumon is one of the leaders in a current worldwide early education trend. A recent article in The Times reported on the increasing number of British parents enrolling their toddlers in classes as diverse as Chinese and art appreciation. This "hothousing" is spurred by many -- often dubious -- factors, from the influence of celebrity parents to the psychological need for some parents to compensate for their own failed dreams. Kumon, established by Japanese schoolteacher Toru Kumon in the 1950s, has centers in 43 countries worldwide. The "kumon method" uses multiple skill levels and short drills to teach mainly math and English reading.
Do tots flower in hothouses?

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