>Although I have never claimed that I read NCTM standard and have never >put my argument toward Standard, if what has been said by mfhlh is true >about the "availability of 4 function calculator at all time for K-4", >I will have to say here that NCTM is deadly wrong. I find it totally >intolerable. >
Don't confuse availability with usage. Just because the calculators should be available at all times does not imply that they should be used at all times. It is, of course, an important responsibility for teachers to educate students not only on *how* to use calculators effectively, but on *when* to use them effectively.