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Karen Dee Michalowicz

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Those who don't teach K-12 ed
Posted: Aug 5, 1995 8:00 PM
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Forgive me if I seem paranoid about the issue. It seems logical
to me if one is commenting on calculators in the fourth grade
classroom, then one should observe what is going on, nation wide, in
the elementary classroom. Viewing several schools in one
district just doesn't give a true picture. If one hasn't seen
a number of schools, bottom line, one doesn't know what is
happening. I would never argue the issue unless I felt I was
informed. I travel nation wide to many school districts, and, I
believe I speak with a sense of what is going on in mathematics
education in the US.

There are many fine schools which have calculators and are doing
exciting things in problem solving and the development of
children algorithms. There are many fine schools, as well,
which can't afford calculators and wish they had them. The
real problem, in my mind, is the resource equity problem. How
do we provide all school districts with such powerful tools.

Oh, by the way, my physician daughter and accountant son always
had calculators. I showed them everything I knew and
encouraged the use. Wasn't it lucky that they turned out OK?

I am sorry if I keep harping on the subject of discussion based
on information.


Karen Dee

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