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Geometry's Role in High School Curriculum

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The importance of geometry's role in the math curriculum is debated in many high schools and colleges. Some schools offer the course while others have done away with it. Based on what you have learned, do you think geometry is a valuable tool for students to learn? Choose one side of this debate, state your view, support your view with specific reasons, and describe why you do or do not feel geometry is important.

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I am a math teacher who is also the daughter of a math teacher. My mom teaches in a "traditional" setting where students are placed in a curriculum that includes Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Pre-Calc, Calculus (the same curriculum I went through). Last year I taught in a school that used an integrated math curriculum. When I student taught, some students were on the "traditional" track and others were in integrated math courses.

Your question doesn't seem to relate to whether or not geometry should be a separate course, but whether or not it should be taught at all. I will do my best to state my beliefs regarding both questions. Unfortunately most of this will come from my experience, so I have very few actual sources, but hopefully this will help you as you complete the assignment.

Should geometry be taught in the high school curriculum? I believe the answer is a most resounding yes. The topics covered in plane geometry are among the most easily applicable to life. Many people have occupations that ...

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This briefly provides arguments for geometry in the high school curriculum, as well as a quick look at stand-alone versus integrated geometry courses.

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