Principles and Standards for School Mathematics Technology

The standards put emphasis on using computers and calculators to render much manual calculation, and therefore instruction of such methods obsolete.

"Contrary to the fears of many, the availability of calculators and computers has expanded students' capability of performing calculations. There is no evidence to suggest that the availability of calculators makes students dependent on them for simple calculations." (Intro)

"Calculators must be accepted at the K-4 level as valuable tools for learning mathematics."

"Calculators enable children to compute to solve problems beyond their paper-and-pencil skills."

"The calculator renders obsolete much of the complex paper-and-pencil proficiency traditionally emphasized in mathematics courses."

"By assigning computational algorithms to calculator or computer processing, this curriculum seeks not only to move students forward but to capture their interest."