# Math isn't hard, it's a language | Randy Palisoc | TEDxManhattanBeach

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**Published on Dec 6, 2014**- This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Is 26% proficiency in math acceptable to you? That's the question teacher and Synergy Academies Founder Dr. Randy Palisoc asks the TEDxManhattanBeach audience. With only 26% of U.S. twelfth graders proficient in mathematics, Randy shares his solution: teach math as a language. Putting words back into math lessons enables even the youngest school-age minds to grasp complex concepts, such as fractions, that are traditionally thought of as abstract and difficult to understand. In his stunningly simple and effective approach, math no longer creates problems for kids but solves them.

Randy Palisoc is a passionate educator, known for making math easy. A founder of the five-time national award winning Synergy Academies, Randy is proud to identify Synergy as an “in spite of” school. In spite of the fact that its students were disadvantaged and in spite of the fact that it did not have its own facility and had to pack up its classrooms every single week, his school was the first and only elementary school in South Los Angeles to ever win the National Blue Ribbon Award, and was named the #1 Urban Elementary School in America in 2013.

Seeking a broader impact, Randy left Synergy this year to start Ironbox Education. One of the ways he believes we can dramatically improve America’s schools is by doing a better job teaching math to our students in a way that makes sense to them. Randy believes implementing a few changes in the way we approach math will give students the confidence and thinking skills to be more competitive in a global economy.

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GreatestGulag3 days agowhat if you have dyscalculia...

altqwet3 days agowtf u laughin at dumbos? wat a weird audience

David Farah4 days agoYes and now explain scalar product and functions

DeAngelo Brown5 days ago^{+1}We all know the homework and tests are not this easy

gacha alphayt11 days agoCan he be my math teacher

Long H Chau14 days agoThis is a roundabout way of saying math is hard because of these gatekeepers we have for professors and/teachers

Michael Hoefler16 days agoOk now show us some calculus

Jinto11717 days agoNah, you are either born with high IQ or average IQ. There is so much we have yet to discover about our own brains.

Valentin Botezatu17 days agoThis guy - genius! Love it!

kadir kamalak19 days agoI thought it is philosophic talk but it is a bad talking it so minute👎

freedom fighter25 days agoAsk 5 year old , one third +one fifth

holly downsMonth agoIs this why we have an oligarchy and we do not have democracy ?

Cian097Month agoArrest this man, he talks in maths.

nasachusettsMonth agoNot hoarding away profit in offshore banks isn't hard either. This guy hates women and children.

Souhardya DuttaMonth agoif maths is a language then linguamarina should teach maths

Pokemon TrainerMonth agoLaws of nature are written in the language of physics not mathematics!!

Praise The SunMonth agoMathematics is made up brah😜

Christina GachaMonth ago^{+1}The questions u learn during math class:

Ethan and Jason both have 1 apple, how much apples do they have together?

The questions on ur homework:

Ethan has 2717 apples, Jason has 274628 apples, how much apples do they have together?

The questions on tests:

Jason has 5 apples, Ethan has 8 apples, what’s the temperature of the sun?

IrisMonth ago5.778 K

TrignoMonth ago^{+1}A language is hard though

Kat LoverMonth agoI HATE MATH!!except division and multiplication

Kat LoverMonth ago^{+1}Math is mental abuse to humans.Hours of our energy wasted on random knowledge

suna92Month agoby math you mean calculus or what? hey, know one's FORCING you to learn math at an advanced level you're doing it upon yourself.

mohamedsafwt attarMonth agoMath does not follow a spicific method and it requires to think a lot and I am obviously considering IB Hl 😂

mohamedsafwt attarMonth agoMath is not hard, it is convoluted!!!

NCGMonth agoHeres the problem, Math Teachers tell us to solve an a equation without telling us what to even do.

Thats like giving someone something without telling them what its for.

yoshi_drinks_teaMonth agoThis is one of the best speeches of TED I have ever heard and seen. Education is really importent and should be taken more seriously like Finland.

g'day mate i'M bAnG cHaN and i'M FeLiXMonth ago^{+1}my math teacher has a daughter in 1st grade and he teaches her algebra 🤓

Sophia ArenasMonth agoI’m procrastinating rn and I have an algebra formula test tmr

megatrookMonth agookay so i agree with everything except when you say that knowing the times tables is necessary. that's unfortunately taught as memorization. you dont need to learn the times table, you just need to know how to multiply two numbers together

rishavMonth agothe most awkward thing about a ted event is when they pause for applauds.

TheCosmoBrosMonth ago^{+1}The problem is making trigonometry and calculus as understandable language with this approach

SickSider 14Month agoAll of this just flew over my head

Visualize CJNGMonth agoUntill you get to partial differential equations...

MyKrabiMonth agoThank you so much for this amazing talk! What a wonderful and passionate teacher!

LadaSoda ExplainsMonth ago^{+1}fractions are foundational to…… (skip some words), even to calculus.

I can't agree no more. almost failed calc because I slept through some 6th grade and elementary school lessons

Darko BakulaMonth agoTaught myself math, already know it's just a language but so much was skipped in school. And writing units is crucial when doing something complicated.

Muhsin MohammedMonth ago^{+1}How did he solve the last quistion?

unOrdinary ReplicaMonth agoI hate fractions

small pupperMonth agoit's hard because you expect us to learn it in ten seconds then move on to the next lesson without any help. I only learned because I had a teacher lucky enough to understand that I hated math because I was always horrible at it.

oshonic manMonth agoMaths is language y people understand harder

P_HeinelMonth agoSo this why 2015 in back to the Future 2 is different than our 2015

Kenny AriasMonth ago0:44 joke missed

dlikescheeseMonth agoAfter taking calculus 1, calculus 2, calculus 3, and engineering math and getting A’s in them I still don’t understand why. I think that’s the problem with school. When you learn things on your own the mystery and exploration alone allows it to make sense

Melvin Soto Vázquez2 months agoAnd then it goes like “if I have 7 apples and 9 watermelons, what’s the square root of the mass of the Sun?”

Nikola Hekma2 months agoWho are the current idiots writing bad math practises and who elected them to publish today's books -- this is what i want to know!

Murad Mahir2 months agoThank you very much, i was need that video for sure. 😍

Faeboc2 months agoAnyone can be a teacher but few have the skill to teach. Educate the teachers and you educate the students.

David Castano2 months agoIt’s a cool thought but it’s not always that simple, if that x2+x2 was an x2+x3 she would’ve been wrong

Areeba Habib2 months agoI still freaking hate math

Ali Majeed Ms Math2 months agoWell

Xavier Chan2 months agoOf course I like this idea. Except, math is hard. Do this instead, and you’ll see the irony that my children will tell you they wish you hadn’t made them. We are legion.

miorgr2 months agoI expected this video to teach me something new but from the start I calculated this way, so I don't know how they are teaching in the USA, but it's weird for me not to learn like that...

BluezZ2 months ago1 apple + 1 pencil = 2 appcils?

Jp 232 months agoGalileo was clearly wrong

See one example might be love

Some might say it’s infinity

But I think it goes

Even further

Beyond

س Vague2 months agoThis theory talked before in ted x bandung in indonesian leangue 2011

Mel W2 months agoHe is speaking my language. I wish I had him as my Math teacher when I was in school. I wouldn't not be struggling in college.

Fur Biscuits2 months agoThis isn’t near what kids are learning now days he only talking about simple math. I totally disagree that you can use his little apple + apple method on complex algebra and geometry equations.

Nikki Nguyen2 months agoIndeed, now that I think about it, it's true and that if we don't think of it that way it'll make the process of teaching them mathematics more difficult for teachers and for students to effectively understand. Especially when it comes to complex processes, if they don't understand the fundamentals, they will continue to struggle throughout all of their mathematics education.

goncalocard2 months agoNope, some people are just uncapable of understanding math.

15thsquadron012 months ago^{+1}I'm not giving up on Math. I'm going back to College.

Krishna Kumar2 months agoThis is one of the stupidest video shared on the basis of subtitle captioned on video. They could have told how children reacts to their imagination. Indeed we got nothing useful. 👎🏻

42whiteblack Colors2 months agoSad that it has been 4 years since this video has been posted and school system has not changed fast enough with this fast paced world.

niko 1552542 months agobtw I`m Indonesian and I`m wonder if math is that much hard for you guys. cuz I learn multification and distribution at 7yo

Nonkululeko Tembo2 months agoWow

niko 1552542 months ago^{+5}your approach is good, but you have to remember that there is people who are bad at abstracting nuber and word. I believe there is another approach.

aasy jepale2 months ago^{+1}average joe: english is a language

randy palisoc: math is a language

chris langan: the universe is a language

Rajeev Bhardwaj2 months agoJust see the maths section of IIT JEE and you will definitely forget that maths is a human language

Justin Sorensen2 months agoOne very misleading thing in this presentation that I have to call out is the fact that for the fraction why would a 6 year old assume not to add 3 and 3 on the bottom?

mntchannel2 months agoThe standard is not supposed to be read by the kids. You want them to write apples and oranges in the specification of the standard? Really?

Justin Alan2 months agoEssential!!! Thank you so much!

Muhib Afridi2 months agoI subscribed

D Caf2 months agoThen you get to calc II and everything collapses

Tips and Tricks2 months agoSubscribe me for diffrent math tricks.

poopity scoop2 months agoI keep getting 45's on my tests yet I still have a 80 something

Milutinovic Petar2 months ago^{+40}My biggest issue with math, every single time i tried to learn it, was with the teacher briefly but not sufficiently explaining the concept with a basic example and then speeding to a much more complex one without warning. Blew my mind every time

Hanna3 months agoapparently I’m fluent in everything but math

Abdi Goodwin3 months agoObviously he’s niece were Asian so 😂

ADITYA BOSE3 months ago^{+1}Happy Pi Day...

ADITYA BOSE3 months agoI can memorize 1500 digits of Pi..

See my RU-clip channel...

XxSaiko SanxX3 months ago^{+6}9 plus 10 is 21 cuz

When you turn 9 upside down it shows 6 if you turn 10 its 1. 6 plus 1. 7

If you turn 7 it says L. L is 12th

AND if you turn 12 its 21

mel saint3 months agoPilipino ito. Medyo awkward pag sinasabi niya "as a country". Tangina bumalik ka sa Pilipinas tapos saka mo sabihin yan. America is fine even if madaming bobo sa kanila.

New World3 months ago^{+6}My favourite subject is math

Phoenix3 months agoI once hated fractions, I then realized how useful they were for retaining an accurate calculation and how much they reduced unnecessary decimal points. In my opinion, they keep irrationals clean just as radicals do.

burnt f1ames3 months agoNow explain the quadratic equation with this

Derrick Hale3 months ago1 tooth

+ 1 tooth

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2 tooth

Giuliano Trokas3 months agoI’d rather learn this guy’s native language than maths

Mamta Vadodaria3 months agoMaths is a beautiful language 😍😍

General Tech3 months agoOk

hijodelcaribe te abraza3 months agoGreat!! Good video

15thsquadron013 months ago^{+2}Math is hard for me. I always wanted to succeed in Math.

al ex3 months agobut sum languages are hard tho

Krishanu Chatterjee3 months agoIndian childrens has more fun while learning mathematics, because we have sorosh sutro ar troyodosh upo sutro. 😛😛

Theo Pot4 months ago^{+1}maths are simple, as long letters are not get invloved ...then it gets messy and the pain starts

Surprised Pikachu4 months agoOmfg 7:12 the thing he explaing about 7x3 i figured it out in the 4 grade.

But i called it as.

"Multiplication makes addition easier"

Which is so true....

Surprised Pikachu4 months agoOmg The the definition of Maths as a language is so perfect actually i came up with it like few months back i am really proud of myself that i am on the right track.

Ylli Morina4 months agoThis is Sids from"ice age" lost adopted asian brother

Dreaming Warlord4 months agoMath...

The only place that an athletic can run 200 meters in 4 seconds.

*Based on a true story*

Medea Bogveradze4 months agoI hate math anyway

All Mango4 months ago^{+1}Idgaf screw math!! 😫

René Henriksen4 months ago^{+19}The problem with math is that it´s taught in an unemotional way soulless way. It becomes uninspiring because you as a student feel that it doesn´t speak to your heart and makes you rock and feel alive. If math was like true deepfelt love to a person people would definetely see it differently. We must admit that humans generally are more hot emotionalists than cold rationalists.

Yetzirah MihaelMonth agoBut math is not emotional, it is purely analytical.

MCLooyverse2 months agoIn a math class, you're often tought the how without the why. Ok, cool, 2 * 2 = 4, but why is that, and why do I need it? Analogies between multiplication and rectangles are not only really useful as a learning aid, but later (namely in Calculus) it comes back to give a useful understanding for more things. But if you're not taught what multiplication *is* but just how to do it, you don't get that understanding.

Justin Powers2 months ago@René Henriksen Exactly.

René Henriksen2 months agoI agree. If math was taught with more rhythm and aliveness certainly it would appeal to more people. One could remember and understand much more if math was written in the same language as for example Tao Te Ching. Something that appeals to the heart.

Justin Powers2 months ago^{+2}Out of every single math teacher I've ever had, I can think of only 5 that were actually good, the best one was in a college math course. Most of the time, Math is just taught poorly by teachers instead of what it could be.

Ivan Buljan Van Boelken4 months agoMath, a human language? What a load of old cobblers.

Spital Helles4 months agoMath = language does not imply that difficulty(math) = easy, because e.g. difficulty(mandarin) = hard