Several of you contend that the Mathematics Curriculum Team at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Council of Supervisors of Mathematics don’t really know what it takes to teach math so their endorsement of integrated math – found on the blog today — should not be taken seriously. (Both groups do include people who teach math for a living.)
Now, here comes the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which calls the integrated math approach “the most effective for the 21st century Georgia workforce.”
The council represents 3,000 math teachers. The council did not poll all its members, but its leadership strongly supports the integrated curriculum and many of of them were involved in its development.
I understand the criticisms of the state’s integrated math, but I think it is foolish to overlook the people in the field who support it. I attended one of the workshops held to develop the new standards back in the Cox era and it was full of math teachers from around