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

  • Опубликовано: 6 дек 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.

    Favorite TED Talk: “My Invention That Made Peace With Lions”: Richard Turere

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Комментарии • 2 536

  • al ex
    al ex 2 часа назад

    but sum languages are hard tho

  • Krishanu Chatterjee
    Krishanu Chatterjee День назад

    Indian childrens has more fun while learning mathematics, because we have sorosh sutro ar troyodosh upo sutro. 😛😛

  • Theo Pot
    Theo Pot 3 дня назад

    maths are simple, as long letters are not get invloved ...then it gets messy and the pain starts

  • DEE cr
    DEE cr 5 дней назад

    Omfg 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....

  • DEE cr
    DEE cr 5 дней назад

    Omg 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.

  • strraki piki
    strraki piki 5 дней назад

    This is Sids from"ice age" lost adopted asian brother

  • Dreaming Warlord
    Dreaming Warlord 8 дней назад

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

    *Based on a true story*

  • Medea Bogveradze
    Medea Bogveradze 12 дней назад

    I hate math anyway

  • All Mango
    All Mango 12 дней назад

    Idgaf screw math!! 😫

  • René Henriksen
    René Henriksen 12 дней назад

    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.

  • Ivan Buljan Van Boelken
    Ivan Buljan Van Boelken 14 дней назад

    Math, a human language? What a load of old cobblers.

  • Spital Helles
    Spital Helles 15 дней назад

    Math = language does not imply that difficulty(math) = easy, because e.g. difficulty(mandarin) = hard

  • Astad Fortnite
    Astad Fortnite 20 дней назад +2

    Maths means
    M ental
    A buse
    T o
    H uman
    S ouls

  • SagittariusBoomBamPOW SheDidThat
    SagittariusBoomBamPOW SheDidThat 23 дня назад


  • Luke Alley
    Luke Alley 23 дня назад

    Ask the five year old to simplify a complex rational expression for me.

  • Atenção a todos Estúpidos
    Atenção a todos Estúpidos 24 дня назад

    I'm so sorry but I just can't

  • Spicy Doge
    Spicy Doge 29 дней назад

    Math is a language and I'm Christopher Columbus.

  • Artsy Stuff
    Artsy Stuff 29 дней назад

    A language huh...

    Person :
    Me:uhmm... 2+4?....

  • kenchuvich Morcozo
    kenchuvich Morcozo 29 дней назад

    Math is a language. Calculus is profanity. It is!

  • jaymorpheus11
    jaymorpheus11 Месяц назад

    2 words - common core

  • Harikrishnan S
    Harikrishnan S Месяц назад +5

    I have a maths test tomorrow.
    I watched over 7 maths videos
    Now going to sleep.

  • Roshan George
    Roshan George Месяц назад

    Maths IS A Language But It's A Savage

  • Strife72
    Strife72 Месяц назад +3

    A lot of math I feel is understanding what the question is asking and knowing the proper steps without forgetting any step to arrive at a correct answer.
    Math at higher levels becomes very convoluted and becomes more work and more trial and error. It becomes essential to have the correct answer on hand otherwise you have no idea if you are doing it correctly.

  • joda k
    joda k Месяц назад +1

    this is only calculating. this is not the problem most people have with math.

  • ado sar
    ado sar Месяц назад

    we cant apples and pencils but we can add blue and red penciles. Why ? i know we cant add apples and penciles but doesnt the color change the "essence" of the pencil ? (i know color isnt a real thing i just treated as a charachteristic)

  • Wayne Riley
    Wayne Riley Месяц назад

    I’m sorry but he took a very simplistic approach. It’s like teaching someone Spanish and only using words that have a common root and then saying we learned Spanish.

  • Wayne Riley
    Wayne Riley Месяц назад

    I’m sorry to be picky, but fractions aren’t used in calculus, ratios are. But I agree with the subject concept

  • jun jie
    jun jie Месяц назад

    logical language and logical expression is very important

  • sam john
    sam john Месяц назад

    Math is not much as tuff you think you don't want study math you want to make math

  • The Magic Ace
    The Magic Ace Месяц назад

    This is awesome

  • Saiyan Hatake
    Saiyan Hatake Месяц назад

    5:50 this is not understanding maths it's just pattern recognition and memorising stuff
    It could be a good approach initially but maths should be understood.

  • ChorgamingYT
    ChorgamingYT Месяц назад

    Now pen pineapple apple pen makes sense

  • Why-not-DIY
    Why-not-DIY Месяц назад

    Uhmm, I WONDER why that lady at 0:39 think we shouldn't be better at math???...COMMUNIST!!!

  • Finfun Fan
    Finfun Fan Месяц назад +1

    Then Why is 1/3+1/3+1/3=1 and 0.33..+0.33..+0.33..=0.99..
    Because 1/3=0.33.

    • Fermion Physics
      Fermion Physics 26 дней назад

      Finfun Fan 0.33 times 3 is 1. The reason you get 0.99 is because you can’t add all the digits, as 0.33 goes on forever

  • William John
    William John 2 месяца назад

    Chinese students study calculus at the age of x

  • Phy Phu
    Phy Phu 2 месяца назад +1

    2019 anything else?

  • Kyle Johnson
    Kyle Johnson 2 месяца назад

    When I first took physics, I couldn't, for the life of me, understand why physics wasnt taught until the end of highscool. Now, as an EE, it makes even less sense. Why not give kids a REASON to do algebra while learning algebra?

  • layla rose
    layla rose 2 месяца назад

    If I'm honest, math's is clapped. Don't get me wrong, it can be important-at times. Everything is already planned and rules are set for nearly everything, if math's isn't your topic then you probably have experienced lots of errors- causing you to be ashamed of your mistakes. Overcoming this category, we realize, the world does, *_infact_* , ivolve around us and if we're not aware of that then we're going to fail the easiest sums. English takes over most of maths (in some parts). Don't get what I mean? Then how are you supposed to answer an word problem when you don't know which words to look at? How are you supposed to understand how to *_explain_* something (in written form) without knowing what key words to use? How are you supposed to achieve something when you don't know what your achieving? Many things take over maths and, coming from an family who's more into maths and science then any other subject, is kind of annoying. My dad always talks about how you use maths nearly everyday of your life but you use words not *nearly* everyday but, legit, everyday.
    (sorry for any mistakes xD)

  • Lolly Joonie
    Lolly Joonie 2 месяца назад +1

    math is easy peasy

  • Will Day
    Will Day 2 месяца назад

    maths is solely responsible for global warming

  • Biggi Agey
    Biggi Agey 2 месяца назад

    Is 18,900$ right ?

  • katsuki doito
    katsuki doito 2 месяца назад

    I dont know this language

  • Aashish Kandel
    Aashish Kandel 2 месяца назад +1

    I hate this calculus is used in real life..??😧

    • Gio G
      Gio G 27 дней назад +1

      it is about your job academically in the future, you need calculus to solve amazing problems such as those in stem fields

    • Gio G
      Gio G 27 дней назад

      its not about "Real life"

  • Kim Taehyung
    Kim Taehyung 2 месяца назад

    This was beautiful

  • Fernando Sales
    Fernando Sales 2 месяца назад

    I'll explain math is not so hard:
    one third plus two third is tree Thirds.
    and the talk ends
    But if a skeptic kid ask why not "one third plus two thirs ARE three thirds?". Probably this guy couldnt answer

  • BeastGaming Yt
    BeastGaming Yt 2 месяца назад

    Any 1 just watching this cause they have a test. no just me ok

  • Jay Ti
    Jay Ti 2 месяца назад

    I love this video

  • Fistro Man
    Fistro Man 2 месяца назад

    I haven't see your video but I am saying this about 20 years!! Oh man... another person saying the same :D... There is a "mathematic reallity", but math is the language we use to talk about what we see in it. BUT, someone can talk another language...

  • xRepulse
    xRepulse 2 месяца назад

    i thought languages are hard?

  • Le Magicien
    Le Magicien 2 месяца назад

    It's a hard language

  • Tahsan Fahmid Tasvi
    Tahsan Fahmid Tasvi 2 месяца назад

    Ha ha ... Math is like water to me

  • Chicken Lurkin' Yung Chihuahua
    Chicken Lurkin' Yung Chihuahua 2 месяца назад

    I've left school quite some time ago but I've grown to realize that I don't actually hate math. It's just that my teachers were the ones who demoralized me into liking it.

  • Narguin Lee
    Narguin Lee 2 месяца назад

    When you speak 4 languages at home, but still don't want to learn the "language" of math.

  • Mey Meu
    Mey Meu 2 месяца назад

    I wish I was good at math. How can I learn math if when I heard the word “Math“ is always getting me bored .Physic and chemical too.But my advantage is I love to learn languages but my mum always tell me that you should be good at math ,Physic and chemical because when you grow up you will have good job.What can I do now???

  • Ing Ly
    Ing Ly 2 месяца назад

    Well gladly my teacher is old(57). so he know alot of tricks for examples what is x+3x but he ask what is a $+3$ so we aswer that easily and one more trick is 3x7=21 that one I knew since grade 2 because back that I was a good student and I'm very curious too. so I tried many many ways and times just to find the same answer but different ways. but now im still curious but not that much of a good student.😎

  • Melissa Jawla
    Melissa Jawla 2 месяца назад

    I love this man

  • Enerel Amgalan
    Enerel Amgalan 2 месяца назад

    A China language.

  • ceicli
    ceicli 2 месяца назад

    My problems with math started when we left the fruits. :( This way would have worked because I've always been better at language.

  • Matt Cerone
    Matt Cerone 2 месяца назад

    Anybody expecting a better response from the aunt once the kid answered the question correctly?.. lame.. haha

  • Zynex
    Zynex 2 месяца назад


  • AwestruckGaming
    AwestruckGaming 2 месяца назад

    Yeh maths is a language but languages are hard.

  • Legendary Cocktus [WR]
    Legendary Cocktus [WR] 2 месяца назад

    I'm just got 15 out of 100. 😒

  • Prince Bansal
    Prince Bansal 2 месяца назад +3

    Yes maths isn't hard but if you are studying in deep then it requires lots of time, Patience and practice.📚📚📝

  • Tábata Gouvea
    Tábata Gouvea 2 месяца назад

    I loved 👏👏💕

  • andriotik007
    andriotik007 2 месяца назад

    Thats not math, thats only sum and difference. I think u still cannot explain geometry, equations and logarithms.

  • Roxiets Multimedia
    Roxiets Multimedia 2 месяца назад

    Well thank god I’m proud to say I’m in the 26% that understands math :)

  • Гийена-Барре
    Гийена-Барре 3 месяца назад +3

    Нам на руку, у русских есть замечательная возможность получить хорошие места в Америке, ведь большинство русских технари.

  • Space Mapper
    Space Mapper 3 месяца назад +21

    People say Chinese is the hardest language
    *No - Maths is the hardest language*

    • Shiny0116
      Shiny0116 26 дней назад

      I’m Chinese, I lived in China until i was 9 then i moved to USA. I wasn’t good at math when i was in China. I was like a B/C student. After I came to the US I became the best math student in my classes. Partly because the math curriculum here in the US is way behind compared to China. Couple things that really helped me was 1. The little slogan we have in China for the multiplication table. I still remember it in Chinese. Now I don’t need to tap the song out when I multiply just that it is so deeply ingrained in my head that makes me multiply fast. If it’s big numbers, I can still use the song to multiply on paper. Second thing for me is that I noticed whenever I do math, when I see numbers, I read the numbers in my head in mandarin and I apply math rules I learned in English. I don’t know what’s about reading numbers in a math problem or phone number or memorizing some serial number or entering numbers into Excel to calculate etc. I read them in mandarin really helps me. I don’t like to do these things using English, it’s not as efficient for me and it confuses me. But I understand and comprehend way better reading math problems, listening to lectures, learning math in general with English than I do with Chinese. Maybe becuz I been learning academically with English for half of my life and this language have shaped my mind already. Say if the same exact math problem is written in Chinese and in English, even if I know how to do the math part, but reading the problem itself I will understand a lot better in English, the Chinese version even though I can read Chinese, my brain wont necessarily be able comprehend them

    • Katydid WHAT!?
      Katydid WHAT!? 2 месяца назад +1

      What's interesting is that I'm seeing some videos and comments saying that the nature of the Chinese language makes it easier for Chinese speakers to understand math.

  • Zoroldo YT
    Zoroldo YT 3 месяца назад

    what about more advanced topics?
    Inverse functions?
    Inverse trigonometry?

  • Shashwat Sapkota
    Shashwat Sapkota 3 месяца назад

    How can you apply this in trigonometry? 😂😂

  • s
    s 3 месяца назад +2

    ❤❤❤love math

  • Life Of Memz
    Life Of Memz 3 месяца назад

    Smart way to teach little kids!

  • A Few Sandjawas
    A Few Sandjawas 3 месяца назад

    Where is sheldon when you need him?

  • Summer K
    Summer K 3 месяца назад

    If I could love this video rather than like it I would.

  • Sikandar Shahid
    Sikandar Shahid 3 месяца назад

    Math... Mental abuse to human... I heard😅😅😅😁😁

  • Fat Webb
    Fat Webb 3 месяца назад

    One day in high school My teacher told us, and I quote, “ it gets harder and harder

  • Fat Webb
    Fat Webb 3 месяца назад

    I like learning it

    But I hate being graded on it though

  • Amelie Todd
    Amelie Todd 3 месяца назад

    This genuinely shook me.....

  • Gamania GV
    Gamania GV 3 месяца назад

    But why dotn we only learn the useful part of maths instead of the ACTUALY NONSENSE WE WILL ACTUALLY NEVER USE

  • Gamania GV
    Gamania GV 3 месяца назад

    I surely didnt coem to this video because i was making math questions and i was raging why math exists and why we ahve to learn it

  • mostkedim
    mostkedim 3 месяца назад

    math is fake for example 1 apple+1 apple = 2 apples but every apple looks different, different size and taste in modern physics and quantum physics 1 never equal to 1 so our math is basic and false it will change in close century

  • Keen Tan
    Keen Tan 3 месяца назад

    Great speech.

  • sjj hh
    sjj hh 3 месяца назад

    Sorry for my bad Mathigst

  • Venus Galaxy
    Venus Galaxy 3 месяца назад +1

    Sadece ABD değil bütün dünya öğrensin.

  • Mango Kyaw
    Mango Kyaw 3 месяца назад

    “It’s a language” well... I don’t understand that language

  • Angus Van Halen
    Angus Van Halen 3 месяца назад

    Math is a language and 75% of the time I don't know what she is saying, the other 35% I'm ok with

  • softwhere30
    softwhere30 3 месяца назад

    Understanding math as a language is a process, you have to understand the fundamentals to fully understand a higher form of math. You can't understand calculus entirely unless you understand algebra, likewise you can't understand algebra if you don't understand arithmetic operations, likewise you can't understand arithmetic operations unless you understand numbers and symbols used to represent operations. Oftentimes I also think the problem students have when they learn math comes from the language used to teach them so I agree with Dr. Palisoc. You use language to communicate your intended message and if you don't deliver your message in a manner your audience can somehow relate to the world he/she understands then they won't be able to make sense of what you're saying. Admittedly the closer you get to the theoretical side of mathematics, the harder it will be to relate to the world you understand and thus the language will become more and more abstract but I imagine this is the only way to further our understanding of math we do not yet know.

  • Thegamingcactus
    Thegamingcactus 3 месяца назад +1

    Who thinks math is hard it is easy

    • softwhere30
      softwhere30 3 месяца назад

      It's easy if you can see patterns in mathematical operations, things makes sense when you can see how you would use these ideas to solve problems. Understanding math begins with understanding why 2+2 = 4.

    GHUMAN THE BAND 3 месяца назад

    I have a math exam next month and this is the third time I'm repeating and I'm so anxious about it

  • danvin dsouza
    danvin dsouza 3 месяца назад

    What about 3 third + 3 third is it 6 third ? 🤯😂

  • Sevde Nur Bal
    Sevde Nur Bal 3 месяца назад


  • ayam ikan
    ayam ikan 3 месяца назад

    Cool story,, but his boring

  • Sarah Alarrgi
    Sarah Alarrgi 3 месяца назад

    Very nice!

  • Taner Kse
    Taner Kse 3 месяца назад

    Öğretmen yok öğrenci yok
    Öğretmen var öğrenci var

  • 余孫生
    余孫生 3 месяца назад

    How to apply this to differential geometry?

  • Mahmoud A
    Mahmoud A 3 месяца назад

    why math is very complex for me ?!

  • Saimah RamenArt
    Saimah RamenArt 3 месяца назад

    He’s such a precious human. 😭

  • Fred Rijos
    Fred Rijos 3 месяца назад

    Says the Asian guy.

  • Esma BAYRAM
    Esma BAYRAM 3 месяца назад

    Süper ötesi matematiğe büyük bir hayranlığım var ama eksikliklerim çok umarım ben de bir gün matematiğin diline vakıf olurum. Thenk you Randy Palisoc.

  • dũng nguyễn
    dũng nguyễn 3 месяца назад

    Ok then
    a^4+a^2+1. Solve it