Here’s an interesting (to me, scary) article in Scientific American. Now that ‘everyone’ has a smart phone–and calculators are allowed in many classrooms–EEK!– kids (and everyone else) don’t need to memorize stuff. They just need to click and get it.
I remember how glad I was when my kids’ school did not allow calculators–that was back in the ’90’s. Times have changed. No one needs to know who the first President was– or how much 3 apples will cost, if each is 19 cents. Just look it up in a flash. Wow, that was easy!
Yet, I find this unsettling. What happens when the battery dies? Or the smart phone is lost? What will anyone know or be able to do?
I still believe the best calculator and ‘smart’ gadget is our brain–and it needs to be nourished, challenged, and educated.