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Teaching Your Kids Math? Don't Take Pointers From This Guy

Learning your times tables can be rough. But learning them from Darren Michalczuk is next to impossible.

Michalczuk's YouTube video "The Magic Numbers" was first shared back in 2010, on his learning channel The Brick House, but it's been steadily going viral in the last week after being picked up by sites like digg and neatorama. In the clip, Michalczuk pegs his method as "a new way to do math." And a new way it certainly is. But for anyone who needs a steady stream of logic involved to actually learn stuff, all his method really does is leave you with a serious brainache afterwards.

You know those nightmares where you're suddenly back at school and you totally forgot you have a math final in five minutes? So you race to class, show up late (probably with no pants on, because school dreams are always the worst), only to stare at the test paper like it's in Greek? That's this video. Times a million.


Oy. Since when did 9 x 4 become so complicated? We don't know about you, but he lost us somewhere between the nine iron and standing on top of Dad in his sleeping bag.

On his website, though, Michalczuk claims to have taught "thousands" of kids how to do their times tables this very same way. "This is simply the fastest, easiest way to learn math," says Stephen Walker from Alberta, Canada. "Kids get a number sense early and learn to succeed. You can literally watch the light go on for kids."

"I have watched this done in the classroom and it’s amazing," writes John McMullen from British Columbia. "Grade 1 and 2 students learn the times tables in a couple of hours. They aren't supposed to learn this until grade 5. Every student gets it instead of just a few that normally are able to. Those students who would normally struggle are flying through math."

A couple of hours? We're finding that pretty hard to believe.

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