by Esther Fung | TODAYonline (Singapore)
Wednesday • December 19, 2007 | The tropical "rambutan" may have been replaced by the ubiquitous "apple" — but otherwise, the same mathematics textbooks that Singapore students learn from may soon be used in classrooms across California in the United States, too.
A local education publisher has received approval from
Textbooks published by
With the Californian authority's approval, however, "all kindergarten and elementary schools will be able to use state funding to purchase these two approved packages for the next five years", said Mr Ling Guan Heng, general manager of Marshall Cavendish.
According to him, each student in
Marshall Cavendish took about three years to adjust the textbooks' content to suit American students and teachers.
Beyond "Americanising" (ie: "Americanizing") the content and spelling, the publisher had to meet rigorous standards demanded by the
This included introducing the topic of probability as early as in primary school. In
Mathematicians, teachers and school administrators in the