There are also many scenarios in school when a student could find him or herself without a calculator on an important test – such as having the batteries in his/her calculator die, not bringing a calculator because he/she usually uses a cell phone’s calculator (sadly, this does happen), or bringing a calculator that is not allowed on a specific test (usually because it has capabilities the student is not allowed to have access to).

Finally, while I agree that it’s very important for students to learn to research and find answers, they also need to do exercises that teach types of logic that will help develop critical thinking, which improves those searches. Math exercises help develop the brain, and the basic understanding of arithmetic that they teach helps with later grades like Algebra. Trying to teach algebra to a student who does not know times tables, how to multiply fractions, or other staples of arithmetic is very difficult – how can they apply the concepts to variables if they cannot apply them to numbers? And although many people insist that they do not use Algebra later in life, they actually use the logic they learned in Algebra every day. The logic learned from Arithmetic has similar benefits. That’s why we think it’s important for students to start out relying on their brains so that they know how to use them later! 🙂

Thank you again for raising these points and giving us the opportunity to offer some more food for thought to our readers!

]]>As you why not give them problems to solve, then teach them how to use google and internet to find the right resources, then when it comes to the actual calculation they can use a tool that will be used in their real life at all time, the time and effort they WASTE trying to learn how to divide decimals!! could sure be invested in teaching them other things like computer codes, or how to use calculators to solve real life problems. I agree to some of what you you said, but sorry i cant see any need for children like 9 or 10 years old to do long division or multiplication manually.

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