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Old 11-10-2012, 09:35 PM
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Hannah is getting a kindle fire for Christmas lol. My MIL is getting it for her. She is 5. However, this is not at all surprising because she is very careful with her things. When Brians job gives him his new business phone Hannah will get his Iphone but without phone calling capabilities, just for games and the like. Basically an IpOd lol
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:06 PM
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Learning math, imo, needs to be written out long hand. I have a math degree and you definitely can't do all of our classwork on the kind of electronic sites like they do for many college classes. I took some basic math classes, stats, and that kind of thing. Whole whole different world from things like advanced calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, Euclidean geometry, etc. No way to plug in answers in the higher level maths.

A tablet? Sure but that's still writing things out. Still think you're gonna burn through tons of paper before taking the time to write out a 'final' answer.

I would not trust my 14 year old sister with a tablet she had to carry between school and here. She breaks things so easily.

I don't think pencil and paper will become obsolete either. At work even, where 99% of our stuff and calculations are done via computer, we are always jotting down notes on paper.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:14 PM
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It was a Math 100 class, and honestly I don't remember that much and I also dropped it about a week or two in. I don't recall doing any work on paper, but it is possible later in the course that was necessary. We did need to "show work" online, but I think it was more of a click-through, step-by-step kind of thing? More interactive.
No offensive intended but I don't think you have enough experience at that level in math to wager we won't need long hand.

A child(or adult) being able to understand what the calculator is doing is far more important than a child(or adult) knowing how to use a calculator. Even addition and subtraction needs long hand for the place holders and so forth.

As math progresses your need only grows.

It's hand and hand with the adages of "teach a man to fish..." and "until you can explain something clearly you don't understand it." (
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:30 PM
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I also tutor 4th graders and they're doing long multiplication by hand right now. They have some neat tools and calculators that the kids can play with too. But they're learning it long-hand. I think it's very important that they understand the concepts and how to do things without a calculator. Math skills are essential to function in the world. So much is based off of math and being able to visualize/understand mathematical concepts.

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A child(or adult) being able to understand what the calculator is doing is far more important than a child(or adult) knowing how to use a calculator. Even addition and subtraction needs long hand for the place holders and so forth.

As math progresses your need only grows.
So true!

I use excel 99% of the time now. But I couldn't set up the equations if I didn't understand the theory and the steps behind it.
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That's why school taxes are so high, something I hate paying, because I don't have kids, I for use the schools why should I have to pay for them?
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:15 PM
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That's why school taxes are so high, something I hate paying, because I don't have kids, I for use the schools why should I have to pay for them?
wanting to support the future generation? the future leaders, thinkers, teachers, great minds, giving hearts etc.. by giving them an education they deserve in order to blossom. One with up to date books, great teachers, a healthy environment etc..
Putting money and support into schools is not about having children. It's about caring about the future.

There are plenty of things my tax money goes to that I disapprove of. But schools and education really is not one of them nor should it be.
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That's why school taxes are so high, something I hate paying, because I don't have kids, I for use the schools why should I have to pay for them?
So the next generation is literate and are producing members of society? So young people will be educated and have the opportunity to get jobs and support themselves?

I volunteer at a low income/at risk school. That school is often the only constant in the kids' lives.

Education is about the bet thing we could fund with our tax dollars.
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I shudder to think about what the future would look like if we didn't offer free public education. For many of my kids, school is the safest place they have. It's the only place where you always get a meal, have someone to have a real conversation with, and know there will be electricity. Thank goodness for school taxes.

And in most cases these netbooks/laptops/ipads are funded by independent grants, not your local tax dollars.
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My mom teaches 4th grade and this year the teachers were all given ipads because soon the students are going to be using them for school stuff. I don't know if the parents are going to buy them or if the school is going to have a set.
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That's why school taxes are so high, something I hate paying, because I don't have kids, I for use the schools why should I have to pay for them?
Do you go to the doctor? Do your animals use veterinary services? Do you prefer that the person fixing your car be able to read the work order? It's very likely most people you encounter and need the services of were taught in public schools.
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