1. over 16,000,000-kumon is the oldest and largest and most successful supplemental education program in the world. there is a reason for this: it works! Kumon currently serves over 4.1 million students in 45 countries worldwide, and has had an enrollment of over 16 million students in its 50 year history. it was developed by a high school math teacher in japan to help his second grade son in math. by the time the son had reached sixth grade, he had mastered calculus.
kumon north america has been named the top tutoring franchise by franchise 500 for the last eight years, and is the second largest franchise worldwide, behihnd subway but ahead of mcdonalds, in terms of franchised units. kumon is the largest, oldest and most successful after school education program in the world. however, it is not tutoring but is better than tutoring in that it develops many positive character traits in its students. it is also less expensive than conventional tutoring.