Originally Posted by

**kaom**
Wait, what is this nonsense. You *have* to convert to decimals? I find fractions much easier to work with than decimals, to be honest - they're way easier to understand and manipulate, aren't they? Not to mention more accurate... 1/3 is precise. 0.3333333... well, I know which looks better to me. (Of course, not all fractions look as pretty as that, I'll admit.)

Not really. Calculators only get you so far once you're at that level, since you tend to, you know, not use *numbers* in your problems as much. They're not going to get the degree if they don't know what they're doing.

Teaching kids to use calculators is pointless, let them learn that on their own once they understand the mathematics - calculators aren't as useful at higher levels anyway.

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