What do you do when you are working with a student in GED math and you know that they need to start with the basics..... but they want to jump to algebra and geometry? Do you insist that they begin at the beginning of the book or do you teach as needed. In other words, take each GED math problem at a time and address the "how to" as needed?
I struggle with this ALL the time. As probably the most difficult of the GED tests, math seems to intimidate a lot of students. They want to finish and finish fast!
My advice is to determine what is best for you (if you are a student) or for your student (if you are a tutor or teacher). Think about it, talk about it with others, but in the end.... go with what you think is best.