This is why that stupid way to multiply isn't so stupid after all

High school math teacher Joe Howard wrote to me about his latest video. He said:

A recent video has been circulating of a 4th grade teacher showing a method of multiplication and let me tell you--the parents who commented freaked out. Some went as far to say that this is what is wrong with our country these days.

In this video, I show a couple ways of approaching a two digit multiplication and talk about how the method she shows actually could help students with some high school math concepts. I also offer four pieces of advice for how parents can talk to their elementary school students about math.

Not sure if this is the type of content you would share, but I think it's extremely important. We are losing kids at the elementary level. We need to have positive, encouraging messages coming in early.