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"]." and "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"]." and "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 estimation!]." finally "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.
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