Counterpoint: A Reaction to “One Point of View”

Why Should We Teach Arithmetic?

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In an interesting and thought-provoking piece published in the “One Point of View” section of the May 1983 issue of the Arithmetic Teacher, Zalman Usiskin asks: “once the calcuator is in the classroom, what consistent policy can justify learning partial-product multiplication and other time-consuming algorithms?” Usiskin suggests that, in fact, no consistent policy can justify placing restrictions on the use of calculator in the classroom.

The Arithmetic Teacher


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