“What we need to work on in this country is getting comfortable with struggle in learning, with the discomfort that comes from not knowing something.”
Amanda Ripley, author of “The Smartest Kids in the World”

mathpic.jpgAs we wrap up our first year as a school community, we very much seek out opportunities to connect with fellow educators and educational programs, both near and far. On May 18 at 6:30 PM, BASIS Independent McLean will host Richard Rusczyk, co-author of the wildly popular Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) textbooks. For those who may not have heard of this rock star math teacher, Richard is leading what Peg Tyre in The Atlantic dubbed “the math revolution.”

The AoPS textbooks and approach to learning have sparked an online school and community of 160,000 strong that includes the International Math Olympiad students and just about every math enthusiast on the planet. This year the AoPS team launched two brick and mortar schools, one in Morrisville, North Carolina and the other in Vienna, Virginia. I imagine they will spread like wildfire up and down the east and west coast.

As the growth in popularity of BASIS Curriculum schools is also proving, there is a growing demand for this kind of advanced education in America, where students are not limited by their grade level in math, where there are no ceilings on learning. Like AoPS, we hire teachers who have deep knowledge about their subject matter and who are passionate about what they teach, teachers like Vern Williams who The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews calls “one of the best math teachers in the country.” 

At the heart Vern’s pedagogy and the AoPS approach is the idea that we are teaching humans how to think, not training robots how to compute. The traditional approach of solving for "X" over and over again just doesn’t apply anymore. The world is changing really fast. Five, ten, 15 years from now, reality will be something we’ve never seen before. Today’s students have to be prepared for that reality, whatever it is. They have to be able to think, to reason, to wonder why. In short, they have to be good problem solvers.

Mr. Rusczyk will be speaking on his insights into math education, the value of going deeper into math curriculum, and what a 21st century education should look like, followed by a robust Q&A session. This event is open to all parents, students, and their friends and families.

Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 PM

BASIS Independent McLean Theatre
8000 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102

Please feel free to contact the admissions team at (703) 854-1253 or at Mclean-admissions@basisindependent.com if you have any questions about this exciting event. 

BASIS Independent McLean is a preschool-12th grade private school located in Tysons. To learn more about our acclaimed liberal arts and science program, please register for an upcoming informational event. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year on a rolling basis (Rolling Admissions).

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