"It was the first edition of Algebra 1 (now in the third?) that got the word spreading, that got the Window Rock High School Navajo kids performing at national norm level, and that got my daughter's Mae Carden school to drop Mae Carden's eighth grade math curriculum (rest her anguished soul) in favor of Saxon. It spread from there down, grade-by-grade, with consistently improved student performance and with a high level of student, teacher, and parental approval. The school is far above the ERB CTP III independent school norms which are themselves far above their suburban norms and which are in turn far above their all-student norms. Ignorance will credit this to affluence and/or race. THAT PERSPECTIVE IS ELITIST AND/OR RACIST. [emphasis added] It is a competent, day-by-day program, consistent over time - including mandated, neatly prepared, homework - and nothing else. Indian kids in Fort Defiance, AZ, learn mathematics just like my daughter does given the opportunity and the necessary coercion.
On Jul 22, 2007, at 4:38 PM, Greg Goodknight wrote:
> Richard Strausz wrote: >>> Michael Paul Goldenberg wrote: >>> >>>> I think where the problem comes in is when people >>>> >>> who WANT to talk >>>> about teaching are quickly attacked for not using >>>> >>> Saxon or Singapore >>>> Math and hence being "racists," >>> I don't recall this ever happening. One or more >>> quotes, please, with dates and authors. Folks just wanting to >>> talk about >>> teaching being smeared as racists for the crime of not using Saxon >>> or Singapore. >>> >>> -Greg >>> >> >> Greg, this has been part of Wayne's regular method of operation. >> His message was that if one didn't use Saxon or Singapore, one was >> depriving the needy students of their rights. >> Richard >> > If it is a regular MO, then it should be easy to find an example. > "Folks just wanting to talk about teaching being smeared as > racists". One classic example such that the above can be seen as a > fair representation. > > -Greg > >