State board wants calculators out of grade schoolers’ hands

Texas officials tentatively approve tougher math standards
By Gary Scharrer
Updated 10:54 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2012

AUSTIN — Texas schoolchildren should not use calculators until they learn to work through math problems the old-fashioned way — on paper, State Board of Education members said Thursday.

The board on Thursday tentatively approved new math curriculum standards designed to add rigor while encouraging students from kindergarten through fifth grade to learn basic math without the aid of calculators.

“We hear more and more from parents that their kids in school are being allowed to rely on calculators without actually memorizing their math facts and building that firm foundation,” board Chairwoman Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, said.

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