My concern with the growing chorus of people who say that they believe that a solid basis of algebra is not necessary for what comes next is that the people who are saying this already have a solid understanding of algebra. They can't put themselves in the shoes of someone trying to make sense of calculus without the algebra intuition that these believers themselves had as a prerequisite. Sure derive/mathematica/etc. will perform the algebraic manipulaltions we all struggled to learn how to do - will do them quicker and more accurately than any of us can do them - and so forth, but until you've been there and done that yourself, the computer is like one big black box - that does mysterious and marvelous things. I think the use of technology ought to make people more powerful than they already are - not paper over weaknesses.