## TRAINING TOMORROW'S TALENT

**INSTEAD Academy trains the next generation of philosopher kings. We work with spirited and ambitious people who value fluency in Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. Our approach is empowering, dialectical, co-creative, and authentic.**

## WHAT'S WRONG WITH SCHOOL?

**Our estimates suggest that 8 of 10 people disconnected from Mathematics in the course of studying Fractions. Of the remaining students, approximately 5/10 will drop out during Algebra. Granted, these numbers are estimates, but they reflect the observed fact, that only 40 percent of students will finish a normal education in high school Mathematics. Right?**

## ODDS OF SUCCESS

**Sadly, no; that number is not right. If only 2 of every 10 students understand Fractions, and of these just**

**half complete the year on Algebra, then the chance that a random student completes the full International Baccalaureate HL Mathematics curriculum is**

*at most*

**10 percent. It is actually less, since Calculus and Trigonometry typically take a cut of that, too.**

## RETURN ON INVESTMENT

**Our view is that a 10 percent success rate is too low, but, also, that it reflects an astonishing waste of time, given the number of years invested. Our own estimate is that the entirety of K-12 IB-equivalent Mathematics amounts to about 120 hours of face-to-face lesson time. For example, we have yet to need more than 10 sessions (over three weeks) to install all of high school Algebra.**

## OUR COMMITMENT

**INSTEAD of settling for the tragic normal, consider that the odds of reaching fluency in Mathematics could approach 100 percent, while the time spent could max out at 6 months (assuming 6 hours per week). Of course, your own experience may vary. But in no way will we allow it to approach 12 years. Our experience and expectation for a student working with us is that they be fully functional and independent at 6 weeks, for purposes of HL Mathematics, and completely qualified for university Physics and Maths at 6 months - again, at a pace of 6 hours per week.**

**INSTEAD ACADEMY**

**The benefits of over 15 years of practice and innovation in lesson-design and teaching techniques****Teachers with top 1% scores on the tests that they teach (such as IB, SAT, and GMAT)****A student-centric philosophy of education that values creativity, independence, and strength.**