Brain Benefits of Bilingualism

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

The benefits of bilingualism continue to be supported by recent studies indicating that speaking two languages not only can delay or prevent the onset and severity of Alzheimer’s and dementia, but also can improve brain efficiency at certain types of problem solving and the ability to perform some mentally demanding tasks. While I would never say that bilingualism makes you “smarter,” perhaps the more rigorous mental exercise demanded by constantly switching between different languages and the multiplication of neural connections that must be established among thousands of words and word groups keep the brain primed to operate at a higher level of efficiency.

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
by Yudhijit Battacharjee
New York Times, March 17th, 2012

Singapore Math Emphasizes Mastery of Basics

Kerri Gega teaching Singapore math in Scarsdale, N.Y. The district initially spent $145,632 for books and teachers' materials. New York Times.

The New York Times has an interesting article briefly describing the evolution of math education in the United States since the sixties and the latest development – an emulation of the Singapore process which moves more slowly at basic levels in an effort to achieve a stronger fundamental understanding of numbers and basic operations, allowing faster gains at higher levels.

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