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Should grade school students be allowed to use calculators?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 7, 2002

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“I know I use a calculator a lot in math, but at a grade school we couldn’t use them as much. Kids should be offered the technology we have, but don’t let them overuse it.”

“From what I remember in elementary school, we just did basic arithmetic. I think that at that age they shouldn’t use calculators as much, so they can develop basic skills.”

“I don’t think they should be able to use calculators because they need to learn how to add and subtract.”

“I think it’s best to learn math by quantity first and numerals last. So if you come in with calculators, you’re introducing digits, and I don’t think that’s good for younger children.”

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