The availability and efficiency of calculators makes them a useful tool for students, offers middle-school math teacher José Vilson. However, in this blog post, he also points out the potential downside of using calculators -- primarily that they could reduce students' understanding of the work they are completing. Instead, Vilson suggests a middle ground in which students are able to use calculators to solve complex problems but also are taught to understand the number system.
The pros and cons of calculators in math class
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