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Review for MIND Research Institute, Irvine, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Despite the fact that MIND presents itself as a research institute it is highly ineffective and incompetent in conducting hard research. The institute has devoted its efforts mainly to implementing game-based math curriculum known as ST-math. MIND advertises that their program has been helpful in in gaining better scores in standardized tests. However, ironically and oddly MIND has not produced a solid scientific evidence for effectiveness of ST-math, in particularly, the very element that has made their approach successful is unknown. The question remains whether ST-math is a hack of standardized tests or it is really a useful approach to math education. That said, I think they have integrated some novel elements into their approach which may or may not have profound effect in understanding mathematical concepts. However, ironically, after 17 years they have not put forward a solid evidence. I understand that for an institute which has heavily invested on one idea is too much to scrutinize its own fundamental principles that runs their function. It is as if you ask one of this cognitive training companies such as Lumosity.com run a well-conducted controlled study on effectiveness of their approach!

Having that said, there has been an intention to keep an incompetent research team as decoration for marketing purposes in place. Unfortunately the research wing of the institute is commissioned to folks with background in working memory training- a dead end research field with no solid theoretical background- with no connection to core concept of ST-math.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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