I am curious why it is necessary for people to learn how to use compasses and straightedges in geometry, and not just rely on a drawing program.
I have a couple ideas, but I might be missing something or have a gap, so any opinions supported by facts or credible sources is great!
( 5 months ago )
As with any technological aid, I think the real question is not about whether the technology is used but rather about how it is used. I can imagine drawing programs being used in ways that greatly enhance the student's learning of geometry. I can also imagine them being used in ways that actually inhibit such learning. The focus should always be on ideas, rather than techniques. The technology should be used to stimulate thought, rather than as a substitute for thought. Provided that this is done, I see no reason why compasses and straightedge should be necessary.