Math is a major source of frustration for a lot of kids in school. Unlike history or English class, there were no cool stories to learn or opinions to be argued, only cold numbers and equations. There are of course some students who enjoy math, and movies like Good Will Hunting remind us that it can be just as creative and exciting as any other discipline, but most of us haven't thought about the subject since graduation day.
Countries around the world have a variety of methods for teaching the fundamentals of math. Here, a Japanese student demonstrates a method for multiplying numbers that involves drawing lines and counting angles. While this doesn't look any faster than other strategies, it does show us how many different ways there are to reach a solution.