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Subject:Re: Yay or Nay From:Margaret Cekis <margaret -dot- cekis -at- comcast -dot- net> To:John Allred <jack -at- allrednet -dot- com> Date:Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:38:37 +0000 (UTC)
John Allred wrote, "Recalling the introduction of slide rules (remember those?) and calculators into math testing, educators decided that the end goal of getting the answer was more important than having their students understand the process."
I do remember using a slide rule, and a physics professor whose multiple-choice answers included the result of the first step (with two different decimal point positions), and the final answer (with three decimal variations). Even with a caluclator, you have to understand how to formulate the problem to solve it, at least in trig and other higher math.
I'm ambivalent about allowing spell-checking on tests, though. Although I also remember one atomic physics professor who took off for answers that were not complete sentences, starting with a capital letter and ending with a period. His students referred to the class as "Atomic English".
Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek GA
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