If you want to talk about 'how not to think' then let's chuck the graphing calculators in the garbage and take away the formula sheets that are provided on the regents. When I was in school, we didn't receive any of this support, and somehow, we all got through (and quite handsomely I might add). Sheesh......I still remember using logarithm charts, trig tables, and finding square roots THE LONG WAY! Was it so terrible? Maybe I thought so at the time - but at least I had to THINK and ANALYZE. Gee....where have I heard about that recently?