The internet is abuzz with Singapore Math stories lately, from the New York Times to the numerous schools announcing a new adoption. Here’s what you may have missed:

### From the New York Times:

*Singapore Math Adopted in More U.S. Schools*Singapore math’s added appeal is that it has largely skirted the math wars of recent decades over whether to teach traditional math or reform math. Indeed, Singapore math has often been described by educators and parents as a more balanced approach between the two, melding old-fashioned algorithms with visual representations and critical thinking.

**A Slower Approach to Math**

Here in New York City, home to the nation’s largest school system, a small but growing number of schools have adopted this approach, based on Singapore’s national math system.Many teachers and parents here say Singapore math helps children develop a deeper understanding of numbers and math concepts than they gain through other math programs.

### From the Voice of America:

**Singapore Math Adds Up for US Teachers**

By intensively training more teachers, he says, he hopes more students will get a chance to experience this new approach to learning math.

Singapore Math expert Baldridge says this curriculum, which was introduced to the U.S. through the home school market, is beginning to catch on in schools across the country.

### From The Daily Riff:

**“Teach less, learn more.” Lessons from Singapore**

**by Bill Jackson:**- Singapore: Five Surprises in Education
- The Professional Lives of Teachers in Singapore
- The Teacher Model In Singapore: What Matters Most
- The Creativity & Critical Thinking Initiative

**Singapore Math Demystified by Bill Jackson:**

- How I found Singapore Math
- Can Solving Problems Unravel Our Fear Of Math?
- Is This The Most Visual Math?
- How To Make It Happen In Your School

**From the American Educator:**

**Beyond Singapore’s Mathematics Textbooks -Focused and Flexible Supports for Teaching and Learning**

Today, Singapore’s mathematics textbooks are available in the United States, so it is tempting to think that there is an easy solution to increasing mathematics achievment here-just adopt the textbooks. But the textbooks are not solely responsible for Singapore’s success; these written resources are just one part of a multifaceted approach.

### Schools Adopting Singapore Math programs:

- Schools, students adapting to new math curriculum
- 1st day at Sayles brings mix of old and new
- What’s ripe for educational reform? Westtown School believes it’s mathematics instruction in the elementary grades
- Bell Central school pilots Singapore Math
- Singapore Math adds up for St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach
- Henderson’s New Math

One thing that stands out in both NYT pieces is that the comments continue to be the very predictable and rather inaccurate responses to anything written about Singapore math.

Sounds like there’s a great need to explain what focused, coherent math programs really look like. Generally people do not equate more time to better understanding…because as adults, our learning curve for kindergarten concepts has shortened and we can’t imagine being a 5-year-old again!