I'm new to this, but let me introduce myself briefly. My name is Paul Carpenter and I am a student at the University of Maine, majoring in elementary education, and am currently doing an alternative practicum on implementing old-school math in today's classroom, or what might be better known as "tidy math". I could use some feedback on how some of the experts feel about a future teacher like myself having the desire to teach math the way it was taught twenty years ago or so. This would include restricting the use of calculators in the classroom and teaching the students to do more manual work. I see too many students in advanced math classes today who cannot perform basic operations consistently and are therefore finding themselves not doing well in these classes. I welcome any and all feedback, positive or negative, but am hoping for some reinforcement in my argument that today's math in relation to NCLB is failing our children.