Published at Wednesday, 18 September 2019. algebra. By Mallory Prevost.
The issue of calculators has been debated by math teachers, university professors, and parents, but there is general agreement that calculators shouldn’t be a substitute for learning basic arithmetic and standard algorithms. Larson believes the use of calculators is not a yes or no question. While he says technology can help build a deeper understanding of key algebra concepts, students should still learn how to practice standard procedures on their own. You don’t want to see students go straight to calculators, Fennel says. “The calculator is an instructional tool,” says Fennel. “It should support but not supplant anything. You don’t use it for 6 x 7.”
Professional people also need to know how to add and subtract and compute equations. Even if they are not the ones who have to budget the house bills, the electrical bills or the ones who will buy the groceries, they still need to know how to work their way around numbers. There is no second thinking when we are talking about bank tellers who should always be alert on what they give and what they should not give to the customers. How about the people in the real estate, stock exchange or even mini grocery store owners? They still have to have the capability to learn and work their way around numbers in order to succeed.
Algebra helps you get the best deals, Algebra can help you understand better how to make some big important financial choices in life. Without algebra it is difficult to understand compound interest and to really get a handle on how mortgages work or how debt repayments function. This could lead to some big mistakes if you choose the wrong mortgage deal, pension or loan. Having a basic grasp of algebra along with good numeracy and an understanding of percentages, could literally save you thousands of pounds. There is no doubt that algebra and math is vital to many of these calculations. Algebra can be beautiful, Believe it or not, but algebra can be really beautiful! Unfortunately this is not necessarily obvious when you are first learning the basics of the subject. By the time you get a little bit further, perhaps studying GCSE higher paper or A-level math and further math, the elegance of algebra should be becoming more obvious. Algebra is part of our culture, Education is not just about learning a narrow set of information or skills which you will use every day in the future. Learning is also about being educated about a wide variety of topics, so that you can make sense of the world which you live in. Algebra has played such a big part in our history, (without it there would have been no industrial revolution, no man on the moon etc.) that we should at least know a bit about it, just like we learn about Shakespeare, or the history of the Roman empire.
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