Here is what educators, parents and children familiar with our material and classes have said:
I am very pleased and encouraged to learn about your innovative and exciting ideas about curricular reforms that will replace the barren and stultifying teaching-to-test emphasis of recent years with programs that will stimulate children’s natural sense of curiosity and desire to understand, and encourage their creative engagement and commitment to inquiry. The founder of the modern university system, the great humanist and classical liberal Wilhelm von Humboldt, once wrote that education should be a matter of laying out a string along which students progress in their own way, discovering how to “inquire and create.” Like other great Enlightenment figures, he criticized the concept of education on the model of filling a vessel with water – and a very leaky vessel, as we all know from our own experience. The work you are doing falls within a rich and valuable tradition, and should carry it forward.
Over the summer, I did probe my son about some of the material and problems. On several occasions, I was amazed by the puzzles the kids were working through. The material was quite challenging, even for me, and I am an engineer too; (I saved face by claiming that I was just rusty after a couple of decades of being out of graduate school! :-); but I was delighted to see that my son, and other kids in the class too, could work through these problems in a step-by-step manner being taught to them by Omkar and Vivek. I looked through slides of some of the material being covered and was very impressed; I often wished that I had had the opportunity to learn mathematics in this manner!
I believe that Omkar's approach and class fills a niche in the teaching of mathematical problem-solving, and it could benefit many of our young minds to grow into the next generation of scientists, engineers and thinkers. I wish him success in setting up a company that offers such a class, and my son would be eager and happy to enroll.
Sejal was extremely excited about attending the classes and the minute I would pick her up she would start sharing the interesting facts that she had learnt in the class. I have never seen her more enthusiastic about learning. This inculcated in her a deep understanding and love for Mathematics as a subject...and I see that her excitement continues even after the sessions ended. She always found the real world applications of these concepts very fascinating (eg. Fibonacci numbers, Euclid's Elements, etc), and the lives of Mathematicians like Thales and Archimedes very interesting and inspiring. In all her learning before that, she had never made this connection and never quite understood how her studies relate to the real world. These classes literally opened her eyes, and showed her a whole new way of thinking about real world applications of Mathematics. This deep appreciation of Math should help keep her motivated, and keep her love for Math alive for a long time, and this is something no other course can ever provide.
As a parent, I also liked how well planned these classes were. Omkar regularly emailed the parents with details of the material that was covered during a given week. This included slides and other relevant links from Wikipedia or other online sources. This gave us a good idea of the variety of topics being covered in class, and also provided pointers to enhance the concepts even further. The material started off with basic concepts, and then built upon that to cover many complex problems. Both Omkar and Vivek were excellent instructors and helped guide the students to learn, explore, and think out of the box...and kept them motivated and excited throughout.
Overall, I would rate Young Socratics very highly, and would strongly recommend these classes to every student. Mathematics is a beautiful subject, and these classes help showcase the true beauty of Mathematics to the students. And this should help to remove any fear or dislike for Mathematics, and replace it with a deep appreciation of the subject. This learning should help the students throughout their studies both in school and college.
I found this course to be very beneficial and helpful. As it incorporates history along with mathematics, it was extremely fun and enjoyable. It was fun solving mathematics problems in the same way that ancient civilizations had done them for generations. To anyone who is thinking about enrolling, I strongly suggest doing so, as it is an excellent way to build a talent or liking to mathematics. When I did it I liked it a lot and found it extremely fun.