Date: Jun 26, 1995 10:57 AM
Author: Marsha Landau
Subject: Re: Math & Calculators: perhaps an irrelevant story
In response to the not-at-all-irrelevant story from Ted Alper

<alper@Ockham.Stanford.EDU>, I think that the problem might have less to do

with the use of calculators and more to do with the lack of experience

playing with patterns and relationships in mathematics starting in the

early years in school. If we get around to implementing the Standards, so

that "pre-algebra" isn't a one-year course for grade 7 or 8 but an integral

part of mathematics K-8, perhaps the students will think first of patterns

and have a vast experience to draw on.

Marsha

Marsha Landau

mlan@whe2.nl.edu

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education

National-Louis University

2840 Sheridan Rd

Evanston, IL 60201