The premise of this opinion piece is flat out wrong.
BEWILDERED SOCIETY: Calculator functions make learning math unnecessary
Calculators, which in some cases have blossomed into handheld computers, certainly make learning some rote mechanical processes unnecessary. But that’s arithmetic. "Learning math" should be about understanding concepts and applications not the repetitive crap that passes for the subject in most schools.
With almost universal access to basic calculators, it’s about time to drop such anachronistic algorithms as long division. And that leads to this statement by the writer, also flat out wrong.
Technology is helping us to be dumber — and it is not going to get any better.
In decades past, technology was also supposed to be making us lazier. However, that change wasn’t due to cars and TV remote controls and microwave ovens and other inventions. The choice to be a couch potato is just that – a choice.
The same for computers (and calculators) in the classroom. These increasingly common technologies provide teachers with tremendous opportunities to extend and expand the curriculum. It’s a choice to teach the same crap in the same way, ignoring (and banning) tools that make drilling useless arithmetic routines unnecessary.