Arithmetic vs. Math—There
is a Difference, But, We Conflate the Two
What is the punishment for being bad at arithmetic?
Being denied the beauties of math. But that need not
be so. Calculators can replace number skill. It is time
to stop telling children who can’t add, subtract,
divide or multiply well, that they are “bad at
math.” We don’t know that. All we know for
sure is that telling people they are bad at math because
they have trouble calculating prevents anyone from finding
out whether some of the number-challenged among us might
be talented at higher mathematics.