I work with you on improving precisely the math skills your business requires
Are you a manager or employer whose
business would benefit from improvements in your employees' specific math skills - whether in arithmetic,
algebra, geometry, statistics, financial calculations, working with measurements, interpreting numerical data,
understanding graphs and charts, or any other area of numeracy? Are you an employee who would function more efectively at work if you had some additional skills in any of
those areas? I
can help you in the most direct and effective way -
by offering to you, or to your employees, individual or group lessons tailored exactly to your requirements, targeting precisely
the areas you identify, and accommodating my teaching approach to each student's knowledge
and way of thinking. I will
give superb attention and care to fulfilling your company's educational needs with maximum effectiveness
and a minimum of overhead. All the lessons are conducted via telephone and computer, on a flexible schedule that fits,
as much as possible, the schedule of the students, and with no travel costs, classroom costs, or administrative
If you would like to talk to me about ways to improve the mathematical skills you need for your work, or the mathematical skills within your company, please
contact me by email, phone, or fax.
Workplace numeracy issues are the subject of many studies, surveys, programs and initiatives. It is widely
recognized that the American educational system frequently fails to equip its graduates with mathematical skills adequate
to the demands of professional life. It is suggested that wide-ranging educational reforms are needed if America
is to compete successfully in the future global economy. The proposed programs for these reforms tend to be formulated in
terms of national educational policies and involve issues such as greater equalization of educational opportunities,
reforms in teacher education, development of new educational methodologies, the need to change academic attitudes
towards what constitutes "mathematics", creation of partnerships between schools and industries. There are calls
for further studies, assessments, grants, funding programs, organizations, policy proposals. The fact is, however,
that educational systems are perhaps the most entrenched, bureaucratized and conservative areas of human endeavor,
and that even if the proposed reforms ultimately take place and yield positive results, none of this helps you
and your company solve whatever numeracy problems you have right now.
Furthermore, it is not at all clear whether the severe educational problems that America is experiencing
can best be solved through globally instituted programs, standardized curricula, and uniform educational philosophies.
Such solutions are well suited to small countries with essentially homogenuous populations, where the students can
be assumed to have fairly uniform cultural backgrounds and aspirations - i.e. countries where these kinds of problems
would not arise to begin with. But in the face of the staggering diversity that characterizes the populations of
North America, even the validity of positing standardized instructional goals becomes questionable. Perhaps the
only viable and truly efficacious solutions will be those that arise locally, through small initiatives capable of
responding to very specific problems and conditions. Only such initiatives permit the development of flexible educational approaches
tailored to the concrete needs of the students - as individuals, and as productive contributors to local industries and companies.
Obviously any real educational solutions, whetever their nature, have to begin with the students'
early childhood, and not after the students have reached adulthood and entered the job market. But things being
as they are, millions of adults come out of the educational system with serious numeracy problems which
affect their work and the functioning of the companies that employ them. If you or your business is experiencing
such problems, I can work with you - in the most direct, targeted and cost-effective way - to help alleviate them. I am
not invested in any educational philosophy or methodology, except the philosophy of setting a firm, concrete purpose
and striving for excellence in achieving it. It is my belief that any proper teaching of mathematics also teaches
clarity and precision of language and thought and an improved ability to solve problems.
Far from being exclusive characteristics of "pure" mathematics as an academic discipline, these qualities
arise in the process of developing specific, adequate mathematical tools for understanding and solving concrete problems.
I see teaching as a process of guiding the student in the development of these tools.
Contact me and let me help you with the specific math-skill problems in your company.