Master 16 will be entering Yr 11 this year. One of the things he has to get for his Mathematics Methods class is a graphing calculator, ie, one that draws graphs.
Mr Yewnique and I were not impressed with this function. After all, when we were in school, we had to work out the coordinates for a graph – get this - with our brains!!
The school said that, unfortunately, that’s the way things are going now and the students will need it for classes and in the exam.
Mr Yewnique’s only comment was, ‘That’s just further proof of things being dumbed down.’
When I was in secondary school, we weren’t even allowed to use calculators. Lest you think I am older than I really am, I want to dispel that misconception. Yes, calculators had been invented by then. Mr Yewnique, who is the same age as I am, was allowed to use calculators at his school. (For the record, I was allowed to use calculators in Pre-University (Gr. 12). )
Instead of calculators, we had Log Books. Hands up if you know what I’m talking about.
The log books had all sorts of calculations: square roots, cube roots, sine, cosine, tangent, et cetera. Whenever we wanted to know the value of something, we had to look it up in the log book. None of this typing into a calculator.
I wonder if the older generation ever thought that things were dumbed down when classrooms started using scientific calculators.