Math Curriculum in US/Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore

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    Math Curriculum in US/Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore

    Math Curriculum in US/Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore

    Math Curriculum in US/Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore

    do you aware their differences ?

    what are the good and bad on the approach between these regions


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    I can’t tell you much about maths in Singapore but the main difference between North America and Hong Kong/Britain is that maths is pushed more in Hong Kong and Britain.

    In the lower school this means that the children tend to be quicker at arithmetic and in the upper school they are learning subjects that are a couple of years in advance of their peers in Canada and the USA.

    But one thing to remember is that in Hong Kong and Britain a child can stop learning maths at age 16 if they don’t like it – whereas in Canada and the USA they have to continue to study the subject until age 18. (This will change if studying IB as with this the children continue studying maths until age 18.) So if they aren’t interested in maths they leave school with a similar level. If however, they are interested in maths, the Hong Kong and British A level systems will allow them to study the subject in much more depth.

    For example, my son at age 16 was learning the same topics studying IGCSE as my daughter’s boyfriend at age 18 studying grade 12 in the Canadian system. It was quite embarrassing for the boyfriend as my son was telling him how to do all his homework!

    Now my son is in England studying double maths and physics at A level. He really enjoys the work as he is learning more and more depth in the subjects he likes. The Canadian and USA system wouldn’t have suited him.

    Hope this helps,
    Barb