As a math teacher told us earlier this week on the blog, Georgia is moving away from its experiment with integrated math in its adoption of the Common Core state standards.
What’s interesting to me is that the reasons cited in the AJC story today echo the initial objections to the switch by many parents — that Georgia was out of step with other states in its math program and that led to problems with transfers and even with college applications.
And, of course, there were those spikes in failure rates in some districts. Yet, other systems reported good results from teaching math in a more integrated fashion.
Could it be that the main problem with the math switch was that teachers were not trained? There are folks at DOE who have told me that the money was not there for the depth of training that was necessary and that the rollout was undermined as a result.
In his post, the math teacher stressed that the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards is not Algebra 1, Geometry,