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Providence St. Mel – Chicago’s Westside High School

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By 1978 Chicago’s archdiocese had given up on Providence St. Mel, a poor-performing high school on Chicago’s west side.

The doors were closed but a campaign led by then-principal and current president, Paul Adams III, was successful in saving the school and incorporating it as an independent institution. A complete turnaround ensued in which a focus on getting students prepared for college took center stage.

Since then grades K-8 have been added, test scores consistently pushed upward, and an international travel program instituted.

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Numeracy Campaign: What we can learn from China

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‘Above all, it is a cultural thing.” Professor Lianghuo Fan is reflecting on the differences he has noticed between maths education in China and Singapore, where he lived and taught for 40 years, and in Britain, where he is now based. “In China, all parents know that maths is the number one subject in schools, and they expect that in a modern society everyone must be comfortable with maths, even if that means they have to work hard at it.

An eminent Chinese mathematician reveals the secrets of his country’s excellent maths education system to Peter Stanford.

“That attitude is passed on to their children. But here in Britain, you can feel students’ attitude about mathematics is different. They feel all right if they say they don’t like mathematics.”

Professor Fan is not alone in highlighting this national phobia of ours about maths. The government has this week shown itself determined to tackle the problem head on with the unveiling of a new “back-to-basics” primary school maths curriculum, with a renewed emphasis on times-tables, mental arithmetic, fractions and rote learning.

Most people over 40 will see the proposals as a return to the classroom practice of their childhood – but in its introductory remarks the Department for Education claimed inspiration from Asian model that Professor Fan knows so well: “I never heard a child in China or Singapore say that they don’t like maths’,” he stresses, “without a sense of embarrassment.”

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The Official Study Guide for all SAT Subject Tests

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English Literature
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History
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German with Listening
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Spanish
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Spanish with Listening
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Modern Hebrew
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Italian
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Latin
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Chinese with Listening
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Japanese with Listening
If you’ve taken at least two years of Japanese in high school, or if you’ve gained the equivalent knowledge and understanding of the spoken language elsewhere, taking the Japanese with Listening Subject Test can help enhance your college application. You may even be able to use your scores to fulfill a language requirement or place into a higher level class in college. Ganbatte ne!

Korean with Listening
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