Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ban Calculators?

The UK Government is planning on banning calculators in early years Primary Schools (age 4-8). They think this will help improve mental arithmetic. 

What do you think? What happens in your country? Do you know your times tables?

Let us know. You can see my thoughts here.

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14 comments:

  1. I also agree that we should ban calculator for primary kids. In life, you don't always have a calculator with you and you also don't want to pick up a calculator every time you want to calculate something. My math teacher used to say that the best calculator is your brain. I don't think this is going to happen in my country. But sometimes if we are in a hurry and the number we are calculating is too big, you can use a calculator but not use it all the time.

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  2. I think they should banned the calculators since the math that the little kids are doing is quite easy, unlike the high school, whose having an extremely hard time dealing with calculus.

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  3. I think that it is a good idea to ban calculators in Primary School because with calculators kids don't even have to calculate the numbers mentally. If they don't try to use their brains, they would have a hard time figuring out mental math. Mental math is really important for daily lives. We use it when we go shopping and when we buy things. In Thailand, the primary school kids don't really use calculators at school. In 8th grade, we don't use the calculator that often unless we have to calculate big numbers. I think that it is a good idea to ban calculators so that students would get to use their brain muscles too!
    - Minnie from RIS

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  4. Hi there, I think we should ban calculators in primary schools too because now many kids don't know there times table.(But I do) I think we shouldn't use calculators because my teachers used to say that our brains are the best calculator ever. If we use calculators all the time we won't get to practice our mathematic skills. But if we're age is above 8th grade, I think we should get to use calculators because some of the math problems would take us a long time to do if we did it by hand. So the calculator can save us sometime. So yeah i agree that calculators should be banned in primary schools.

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  5. Banning calculator is a good thing because then the kids could mentally calculate simple math in their brain. The more practice, the more knowledge they will get.

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  6. I agree with you that we don't need calculator in primary schools. In that age these kids need to practice there brains and use it properly. When we get above middle schools as the kids know how to do simple math calculators will be fine because they already know how to use it.

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  7. According to me, we shouldn't allow calculator to be used in primary schools. The kids in primary school should know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers. I agree with Minnie that their mental math skills should be used in their everyday lives. And, yes I do know my timetables till about 14 or 20. I used to know my multiplication tables till 30. Now, I am out of practice, but I can do mental math.

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  8. Hi! I'm from RIS. c;
    I think that they should ban calculators in school; little kids need to be prepared for harder questions/problems. Using a calculator doesn't allow them to memorize the process of doing the questions they're given.

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  9. This is a very nice idea, I totally agree with this. By banning the use of calculators I think that it will definitely improve early year primary school student's mental arithmetic. Using a calculator is more of practicing finger work not practicing real math.

    Here in Ruamrudee International School we haven't yet banned calculators but we don't often just calculators unless if it is required. I usually don't use calculators to give myself a challenge.

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  10. i think it a good idea to banned calculators because people who use calculators shows their laziness towards their work and once you are actually forced to do your work with out a calculator you would just fail that test writing some answers unless your some intelligent dude.So for a conclusion i would say calculators should be banned.

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  11. I agree with Tiger, that our brain is the best calculator. Having a calculator in primary school isn't really important, but students should also be able to check their answers to learn from their mistakes. I don't think that Thailand will ban calculators for primary school ,because kids from age 4-8 in Thailand don't use calculators.

    -Bas RIS

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  12. I think it is good to idea to ban the calculator in primary school because they needs to know how to calculate in their brain (now student didn't know how to calculate in their brain, only use calculator) because 4-8 is a simple math (not hard). But when the student came to grade 9-12 they can use calculator for sure because it longer and harder math. But all kid can use calculator if their not sure about answer or want to check.

    From Cab RIS

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  13. I think that calculators should be used fairly, eg. (using a calculator, 4+8=12) they're the easy equations, but the older you get the bigger numbers you get, so it shouldn't really be used in Primary, high school and above should, but used fairly.

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  14. i think its good that they are banning calculators in primary schools. they will become too dependent on them otherwise and nor now simple maths like
    5 X 5.>> Tayeba

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