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Japan's Kumon and South Korea's Eye Level seen as path to coveted US schools

Kumon students complete worksheets at their own speed, regardless of their grade level.

NEW YORK -- When IBM client executive Rachel Calhoun negotiates multimillion-dollar contracts with clients, she needs to compute figures swiftly in her head because face-to-face meetings rarely allow time to whip out a calculator.

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