SPIRIT OF MATH IN THE NEWS
VIDEO: How Spirit of Math became Canada’s largest ‘after-school school’
SoM Co-Founder and CEO Kim Langen speaks about the roots of our after-school program for high-performing and gifted students. (April 17, 2014).
Recent Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Embracing The Spirit Of Math (ON the GO Magazine - July, 2017)
As classrooms, job markets and cities continue to increase in population, so do the levels of dire competition. Unfortunately, our current-day school systems are finding it harder and harder to prepare their student populous for the future of a highly-competitive job-search market.
The Beginnings: Spirit of Math's Humble Roots
Problem Solved (National Post - March 5, 2005)
Despite the views of education bureaucrats, the Spirit of Math approach is highly reproducible, as Ledger’s daughter and business partner, Kim Langen, now proved year after year. Langen trains teachers in her dad’s methods with extraordinary results – Spirit of Math students continue to take top honours in math competitions across North America.
Teaching goes back to basics (Toronto Star - April 9, 1995)
North York teacher Charles Ledger has taken a lot of heat from critics for the radical way he teaches math. In an era in which “memorization is bad, creativity is good,” Ledger has staked his career on the drill.
Teacher's a plus for math students (Toronto Star - June 18, 1985)
If there were a mathematics hall of fame, Willowdale teacher Charles Ledger would have earned a berth in it. He has developed a winning formula for teaching math that has earned his students some spectacular successes during the school year.
Math teacher's secret: Drill, drill, drill, drill (Toronto Star - Date Unknown)
For 10 minutes students in this Grade 7 class at Zion Heights Junior Heights School in North York are grilled until they can shout out the correct answers to teacher Charles Ledger’s questions. This is math boot camp for 12- and 13-year-olds.
Going Global: Spirit of Math Expands into Pakistan
‘Our vision is to have independent thinkers,’ CEO Spirit of Math (Business Recorder - July 21, 2017)
Spirit of Maths was launched in Pakistan last year and they aim to teach students analytical skills, conceptual skills, and sharpen mental assessment capabilities. Following is the edited transcript of BR Research team’s meeting with Kim Langen and her team in Pakistan.
You!: Of Sharp Minds (The International News - May 23, 2017)
Spirit of Math Schools Pakistan Academic Director Kirsti Langen sits down with You! magazine in Lahore to talk about her experience living in Pakistan and bringing our unique curriculum to a new region.
Thinking beyond barriers: ‘A step towards logical and critical thinking’ (The Lahore Daily Times - May 6, 2017)
“The people of Pakistan understand and value high standards. They want to be recognized for their forward thinking and will do what it takes, without making any excuses, to succeed. It is this drive and focus that attracted us to Pakistan. Pakistan is quickly changing and progressing forward: it seemed to us to be a natural fit.” – Spirit of Math CEO and Co-founder Kim Langen
'Spirit of Math’ to cater high-achievers needs (The International News - April 24, 2017)
“Spirit of Math” being a system of after-school programme for high performing students in mathematics has opened doors for bright students in Pakistan. After the successful recognition across the world, this programme is developed to address the critical needs of those students who are looking for an opportunity to study mathematics more deeply with others like them, and for those parents who are looking for an opportunity for their children to be challenged at a global level.
For students, mathematics as a way of thinking (The Express Tribune - March 13, 2017)
A Canadian educational organisation is set to start a programme in Lahore aimed at teaching mathematics as a way of thinking rather than a subject. The ‘Spirit of Math’ programme will start at two schools this month.
While talking with The Express Tribune, Kirsti Langen, the academic director for Pakistan, hoped the programme would bring about a change in how maths was perceived among children and parents in the country.