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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos uses Singapore Math to make his kids smarter

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

How does one of the smartest men in the world make his kids smarter?

What exactly is Singapore Math and why is it worth a try?

Singapore students once again outrank their peers from other countries like the U.S and U.K

What made Jeff Bezos choose Singapore math for his kids?

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who is also one of the most influential personalities of our times chose to train his children using the method of Singapore Math.

Bezos and his ex-wife Mckenzie who are parents to 4 children, have over the years adopted various unorthodox methods of educating their children to ensure that the next generation is equipped with the best and are future ready, and one of their choices to do so was Singapore Math.

“It’s not something that is radically different,” says math curriculum coordinator Kevin Mahoney. “It sounds exotic, but it’s just elementary mathematics taught in a powerful and potent way.”

Sometimes referred to as the “mastery approach”, Singapore math is a widely used method of teaching mathematics which is quickly gaining traction across the world.

An approach that has made Singaporean and Chinese students the best in the world, it aims to teach students math concepts in an intuitive way, starting with broader concepts before breaking them down into specific steps.

Singapore students rank highest in international exams

A great insight would be the 2015 PISA — a worldwide exam that tests 15-year-olds' math, science, and reading skills where Singapore emerged as the top-performing country in each subject.

Also speeding ahead of many other nations, Singapore students outranked their peers and emerged second best in the 2018 PISA, while China ranked number one.

Jeff Bezos as a parent and why Singapore Math?

Known for being creative and solving problems in an unorthodox way himself, the man who features frequently in the list of the most powerful people in the world, saw potential in the concept of Singapore Math to empower his own children in mathematics.

Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife are known for their unconventional parenting with a clear focus on self-reliance, resilience and resourcefulness.

Now, doesn’t that explain why the couple would choose Singapore Math over any other conventional method of teaching.

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