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Originally posted by digitalbluco
I am currently 27 years old. Back in my high school days, calculators were never once allowed. If you even got caught with one, they would take it away from you, and give you detention.
Now, in that very same school system, grades as low as 6th are allowed to use them, even during tests! So how can they possibly learn anything when they can just use a calculator for the answers.
I am in the U.S. and I feel they are truly dumbing down the next generation.
Originally posted by badw0lf
When I was in highschool, we had dickly little calcumalators. We never used them really.
and I suck at maths.
To say using a calculator is wrong, is akin to saying flying is wrong, when there are perfectly good boats.
Technology creates things that benefit everyday life.
In fact, looking at the new scientific style calculators, they should have a subject dedicated on just how to use those damn things.
I do agree that kids today need math skills, sure. But you would rule out perfectly great minds from certain aspects of employment should you base it solely on their ability to multiply.
We need basic maths for every day things. That is a given.
We don't need to know how to be a chef in order to bake a cake however.
Having said that, I have tried to better my mathematical skills over the years. I may as well find myself a rosetta stone and start from scratch...
Originally posted by tinker9917
I can only shake my head when a cashier cannot even count the change back to me.
Originally posted by dbates
Calculators are just a tool for performing what you already know how to do more quickly. Once a student has mastered a skill there's no problem with letting them use a calculator. Pre-algebra there's really no need to use one IMHO but after that point they greatly decrease the time needed to solve problems.
Unless you guys are okay with looking up values in log tables then I support calculators.