Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: May 26, 2007

Students also use their brain power

In reading, science, math and writing, teachers strive to teach students to look beyond the obvious and to question.

It is a critical life skill.

As a second-grade teacher in the Federal Way School District, I am appealing to you to also look beyond what is presented and ask questions. Guest columnist Bill Pirkle matter-of-factly states that second-grade teachers promote the use of calculators instead of brain power to solve basic arithmetic (Opinion, May 19).

Did he check the district’s Web site to discover that a second-grade requirement is to solve 20 addition and subtraction facts in a minute? Not calculator — just brain power.

Did he check into the WASL and realize that students must do basic calculations relying only on brain power and a pencil — until they face the problem solving section when the focus is on the process and calculators are a possible tool?

Federal Way, before believing what you read in print, experience what’s happening for yourself.

D. Hagen, Federal Way

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