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Topic: What are the "basic" facts?
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Norm Krumpe

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Re: What are the "basic" facts?
Posted: Jul 4, 1995 10:33 AM
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>Let me say that that statement depends upon what you do in life. As a
>construction worker, I was forced to perform innumerable calculations in my
>head or with a pencil on a daily basis because a calculator would quickly
>have been broken in my tool pouch. Furthermore, I did not have the time to
>pull out a calculator every time I needed to add a couple of numbers. When I
>became foreman & supervisor, I found that customers inevitably asked me for a
>rough estimate for a job when we were on the roof or some other equally
>inconvenient place. Again, I had to be able to put numbers together in my
>head. When talking to salesmen, I found that they too had to carry numbers
>and perform rough estimeates in theri heads. Off hand, I would think that
>construction workers, engineers, & salesmen must be able to do pencil & paper
>math or mental calculations. These occupations account for a large portion of
>our population.

You say that in many situations, you were called upon to do mental
calculation. That is very good. My message implied that paper/pencil
algorithms are, in general, used less than mental or electronic calculation
and, yet, pencil/paper is emphasized most in the classroom.

I feel that each of the three methods is of value but, at present, there is
an inequity in how much time is devoted to each.

Norm Krumpe

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