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 Landau
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
National-Louis University
2840 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60201