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Will it rot my students' brains if they use Mathematica?

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Author:Theodore W. Gray and Jerry Glynn
Description: Excerpts from the introduction to The Beginner's Guide to Mathematica V4. Jerry: "I have young students who reach for their calculators to get the answer to 5×6. My response, when I see that, is to explain that such behavior is socially unacceptable, sort of like picking your nose. Many people will see this and think the student must be brain damaged. It's a social problem, not a mathematical one." Theo: "I agree that the problem lies with the other people more than with the students. The most profound engine of civilization is the inability of a larger and larger fraction of the population to do the basic things needed to survive. Many people fail to realize this." Jerry: "I don't understand that statement at all. It must be very significant...."

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles, Mathematica
Math Ed Topics: Computers, Social Issues/Public Policy

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