Calculators help adults, speeding up tiresome divisions of real world money problems, for example.Calculators help explore high level mathematics by utilizing repetitive graphing techniques, for example.
The question is: For basic arithmetic, simple graphing, fundamental equation solving, and other low-level skills, does the use, or the use prior to mastery, of calculators make children less capable of learning higher levels of mathematics?
- What do students think?
- What do parents think?
- What do math teachers think?
- How early is too early for each concept?
- How does this compare to other technological advancements, such as spell checkers or search engines?
- How much of the basics in math should be required without a calculator?
- Which students are most affected by this phenomenon?
- How do we compare internationally with our use of calculators in schools?