**Just got this question from overseas.I thought of posting it here as it may help others as well. **

I am wondering does it cause confusion if we learn different method such as Vedic math if we already learned regular method at school like me I have learned with regular math method since I am years old and I am very used to use regular method to do the math.

My main concern is if we teach Vedic math in any age group who attend regular school then he or she will have any confusion at school or any complication at school?

My opinion is knowing different method of the math is very good but for some other people might cause confusion and have some complication at school especially with teacher ?

**My Answer: **

Vedic Maths is an alternative technique used for calculations by students. It is best introduced at Grade 4 or 5 when the children begin to understand the difference between the two.Introducing Vedic Math to students in these grades does not confuse them at all. Infact it gives them an option to do the sum in a new way.

I understand your concern that students can get confused in school as there may be a conflict between the methods taught in school and the Vedic way as teachers will not be able to understand them.I n this regard we advise students use the Vedic Methods as a checking tool. Vedic methods are invisible…which means they can be calculated mentally so the child can use Vedic method mentally and check his answers by the method and the teacher wont have to know that he used the Vedic Methods.

Using the Vedic methods adds to the child’s numeracy skills. He gets more friendlier with numbers and as a result his scores increase.

I might counterargue with the question: why do we teach mathematics to children at all?

If you answered "To get good grades," or "To get them a job when they're older," get to the bottom of the class.

We teach mathematics, like writing, because we are equipping children with the most basic of problem-solving skills. Mathematicians aren't just people who sit in offices in university and scribble nonsense on a board. Mathematicians solve problems.

The tools of basic mathematics we teach children in schools – arithmetic, basic algebra – are tools we are obliged to give them to help them to solve the problems they will face in life.

What sorts of problems? Calculating a weight of a roast in kilos when you're given it in pounds and ounces and you need to work out how many minutes to put the meat in the oven for.

Say, that joint will take 265 minutes to cook in the oven. Maths will tell you what 265 minutes means in hours: in this case, 4 hours, 25 minutes.

How about working out how much change you get from £20 when you've bought a latte and a sandwich worth £4.25? If you get less than £15.75, you're being short changed.

What about architecture? Someone clears out a square plot of land 999 metres a side. How quickly can you work out that it is 998,001 square metres without a calculator or sheet of paper?

In a similar vein, if you had to multiply 112 x 999, how quickly can you come up with 111,888?

Because mathematics can be found in every part of life, from finances through to cooking, gardening, medicine (Quick! You have 30 tablets. You take two a day. How many days before you have to go back to refill your prescription?) and even romance ("The wedding ring cost /how much?") it's vital to teach children … and adults … the best tool with which to solve these little problems.

Mathematics is that tool – but why Vedic mathematics in particular? Because VM is probably the most efficient form of that tool yet to be devised. It is quicker than the mathematical methods taught in schools since the 17th Century, with proofs which are just as rigourous, and moreover it produces quick, accurate results in a fraction of the time.

So rather than think of the grades the kids can get if you teach them VM, think of their lives as adults and the problems they'll face, which they'll be able to solve in their heads, thanks to VM.