Georgia Schools Could Get More Say in Teaching Math

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Georgia high schools could get more say in how
they teach math after parents, students and teachers complained
about the state's new curriculum.

State schools Superintendent John Barge proposed a plan Thursday
during a state Board of Education meeting that could mean the end
of the state's integrated math curriculum for some rising freshmen.
He said the classes are too accelerated for some students, causing
them to get behind in classes or drop out.

The state's curriculum blends algebra, geometry and other math
concepts in three classes rather than teaching them separately.
Barge's proposal fulfills a campaign promise to change the state's
math curriculum, which was introduced under his predecessor, Kathy

The state board will vote in March.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by hear ya Location: cairo on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    zack u need to talk to your supt. and principal. Trust me the teachers have nothing to do with this or the state.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Zach , Maybe they should add more required academic classes so you are not just wandering around the school with nothing to do.
  • by Zach on Jan 21, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    I am a student and thankfully went around the new math curriculum, but the state's actions have affected our entire school. Instead of our 4x4 block scheduling, the new math curriculum caused us to go to 7-period all year around which caused so much confusion beyond words. Since this new math curriculum and our new schedule began, school starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:08. Currently with the seven periods, I am taking two academic classes (both before 11AM) and after 11:30, I do nothing the rest of the day except walk around school because I can't leave, and with the new scheduling the seniors have ran out of optional classes to take. I wish the state would take a closer look into the students' perspectives before making some top notch decision.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:40 AM
    wasn't the curriculum created by the school system (DOE).
  • by Steve Location: Georgia on Jan 21, 2011 at 03:35 AM
    Don't just stop with math. Go back to the original 3 R's. Doesn't matter what other classes are taught but to survive today you must be able to read, rite and rithmtic. Survival doesn't depend on year of civil war, JFK's assasinaton, MLK speech, the above 3 are needed every day.
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