American Made Since 2010
As a 17 year veteran with T.O.Y honors I saw how hard teachers around me were working only to hear how poorly Americans perform. I realized that 80% of Math instruction is abstract and isolated. I decided to change it up. I started writing Math raps and making music videos. It was wildly successful. That was good for HS students but the problem starts earlier than that. I knew that eventually I would need to get to the ES's. I developed a child friendly character, 2π, and decided that I would make him a child icon that symbolizes a love for Mathematics. 2Pi Talks Math with the Queen of Honeytown is the first of a Math-centric books for kids of all ages. Math is a language. We have to expose students early and often. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q4S5HgbOWc http://www.arts.gov/about/NEARTS/2013_v1/webf/twt/index.html http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/21190866/montgomery-blair-high-school-teacher-uses-rap-vide
What makes your business unique?The thing that makes the 2 Pi Talks Math book series unique is the fact that it is Math-centric reading. Traditionally, Math could only be found in Math books. Our books have Math in context. When students learn Math in context then the retention rate is increased and their application ability is increased. Unfortunately, we have HS students asking when am I ever going to need this. The 2Pi Talks Math series uniquely designed to demonstrate how Math is useful in the lives of everyday people. Furthermore, our business model is designed to invest into the community. Our books are sold by direct marketing via Independent Representatives who earn up to 30% sales commissions, and via fundraisers. We do book signing fundraisers for schools, churches, temples, clubs and more. Finally, because America's math problem disproportionately affects low income and minority students, we are working local nonprofits to make books available to those students free of charge.
What's the best business advice you've received?Mind your own business!
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