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.
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.
- 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.