An increasingly popular approach to teaching math emphasizes visual aids and a slow pace, with a week on the numbers 1 and 2. And while teachers initially are skeptical of this approach, many now are fervent supporters, reports the New York Times. The new approach is based on the national math system of Singapore and aims to emulate that country’s success by promoting a deeper understanding of numbers and math concepts. Students in Singapore have repeatedly ranked at or near the top on international math exams since the mid-1990s. Dozens of U.S. districts have adopted Singapore math, as it is...

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