When we have discussions about which technology to include in our classrooms today, we are often somewhat conflicted with many standard arguments and worries being presented on both sides. To help inform this discussion, I'm looking for sources that chronicle math educators' opinions about the adoption of the scientific calculator in the math classroom.
I would be very interested in seeing things like:
- even-handed discussions of pros and cons written in the 1970s United States, or similar transition periods in other places
- "pro-calculator"/"anti-calculator" statements from professional organizations from a time when calculators were just becoming widespread
- rants from angry instructors or students written during a transition
I am not interested in anecdotes from instructors or students who saw the transition happen first-hand unless you can refer to notes or writings that illustrate what you were thinking at that time.
For example if anyone has access or links to the sources mentioned below (from "A Brief History of Calculators"), I would love to see them:
In 1975, the National Advisory Committee on Mathematical Education (NACOME) issued a report on calculators, suggesting that those in eighth grade and above should have access to them for all class work and exams. Five years later, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recommended that “mathematics programs [should] take full advantage of calculators … at all grade levels.”