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Re: John Saxon, Jr.'s Books
Posted:
Dec 6, 1995 2:44 PM


In article <9511280535.AA04630@is2.NYU.EDU>, nguyenj@is2.nyu.edu (Joseph A. Nguyen) wrote:
> I have read some of John Saxon Jr.'s books on Math. I have a mixed feeling > about his books. > > I would like to obtain feedback and comment from any of you who have read > the books, and are willing to share info. I really appreciate and welcome > both positive and negative comment. > > Thank you. > Joe, NYU
I have attempted to use Saxon's book for algebra 1. The first time, I found it a disaster and abandoned its use after about one month. The second time, I tried to use it (5 years lateryou would think I had learned my lesson), I abandoned its use after 3 days.
There is NO mathematics in his algebra 1 text. I think of Saxon's approach as similar to learning to play a musical instrument by playing scales...FOREVER! I DO like his idea of including the same idea frequently and testing only after there has been sufficient time to master material.
Basically, the experience was depressing.



