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Topic: NCTM Standards
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Karen Dee Michalowicz

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Registered: 12/4/04
NCTM Standards
Posted: Aug 2, 1995 7:51 PM
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At the risk of being flamed again for repeating this question,
I will ask again. Is this not a NCTM Standards discussion
list? Can I not expect those who post on this list to have at
least skimmed through the Standards book?

I realize that this is my own problem and probably
doesn't bother many others. However, at least having read the
standards I know:

"It is important for children to learn the sequence of steps -
and the reasons for them - in the paper-and-pencil algorithms
used widely in our culture [note the word "important"]."
"Children should master the basic facts of arithmetic that are
essential components of fluency with paper-and-pencil and
mental computation and with estimation [note the word "master"]."
"Besides paper-and-pencil computation, children should learn
when and how to use calculators and various mental arithmetic
and estimation procedures [note the word "besides", note the
words "when and how", and note the importance of
"Success is possible for almost all children when they receive
careful instruction. Still, teachers should be sensitive to
problems individual children might have and should be prepared
to use a variety of methods to teach and assess computational
knowledge [note the words "success... for almost all children", note
the word "careful"]."

The above quote came from pages 46 and 47 of Standard 8 -
Whole Number Computation found in the Curriculum and Evaluation
Standards for School Mathematics. Perhaps I am wrong, however I
fail to see how the above, which is typical of material in the
standards,is radical. Also, there is no where in the standards
that says calculators should replace (note I said replace)
paper and pencil computation. Calculators are encouraged in
problem solving, estimation and very large computations, such
as 14567/4567.

One cannot quote hear-say as if it appears, or as if it reflects
the standards.

If this list was a k12 newsgroup where anything and everything
was discussed, I would not be bothered. However, I thought that
this was a NCTM standards list. If so, let's be informed in
our discussions. If this isn't, please, someone let me know and
direct me to a discussion group that is discussing the
standards and not English grammar.


Karen Dee

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