If you ever wondered why the US students routinely get the stuffing knocked out of them on international assessments, or why there are now more foreign born engineering candidates at US Colleges and Universities than US candidates, look no further than the calculator.
In response to studies showing an increasing number of Brits are so “bad with numbers they cannot pay household bills or understand price labels”, Education Ministers in London have prohibited schools from allowing students to use calculators in the first 5 years of education. Calculators will also be prohibited on state exams for 11 year old’s.
Of course in the US, and Virginia in particular, calculators are an integral part of math education and are required beginning in Kindergarten. I wonder how long it it will be before we fall below England on international assessments?