In a message dated 95-08-06 16:45:10 EDT, you write:
>> >I don't think the calculator has any place in the K-4 math class. It >> >serves nothing and it is harmful for the child math well being. Even in >> >high school the use of calculators in math class has to be with great >> >caution. I have recently helped several very bright students who were >> >just the victims of the abuse of calculators in math class. I have >> >described one of the example before so I will not repeat here. >> >
I also have seen students who, in essence, are merely peripherals to their calculator. One student stopped me in class and argued that sin(pi/2) = 0. I could not disuade him with any definition-- this is what his calculator told him (of course it wa set to degrees).