summer slide

NEW YORK, New York – A few months ago, 10-year-old Ty Parker and his mom would have regular battles over math homework. “That was the subject he tried to avoid any way possible,” Lakisha Parker said. Ty says he felt rush during normal classes, and “trick” questions would confuse him. He was below his grade level in math. That was last fall. Fast-forward to July and Ty can’t put his math problems down. He’s heading into sixth grade this fall, but is currently doing seventh grade math. Lakisha attributes the new fascination and success to an online tutoring program Ty began in October called “I used to have to fight with him to practice math over the summer,” Lakisha said. “I do not have to do that now.” Before doing the interview for this story, Lakisha had to pry her son away from the laptop where he was working on yet another lesson. “Now he looks forward to it,” she said. “You’re not really rushed,” Ty said. “You can go back on certain things.” is the culmination of decades of research by Stanford University and Matthew Mugo Fields, who created the website, on how technology and artificial intelligence…

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