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Topic: Dolciani and SMSG
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Domenico Rosa

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Re: Dolciani and SMSG
Posted: Sep 17, 2011 11:01 PM
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Even if it could be done, comparing "one lesson" would be a completely useless exercise. There is no substitute for actually examining and comparing books side by side, as I have done. For example, if you will actually compare the Euclidean Geometry books that I discussed at the link below, you will find that:

1. My high school textbook contains a 10-page introduction to basic notions and postulates. The next 11 pages cover various constructions and axioms. Congruent triangles and proofs start on page 29.

2. The Jurgensen-Dolciani book forced students to plow
through a 190-page quagmire before congruent triangles come up.

The power of the written word is eternal, and no amount of sophistry--and no amount of flimflam on your part--can deny the fact that the Dolciani series demolished the traditional college preparatory mathematics curriculum in the U.S.

On 17 Sept 2011, Guy Brandenburg wrote:
> You make claims --the same ones over and over-- and
> copy tables of contents. That is not the same as
> providing documentation.
> Recall my challenge: pick any lesson or topic on
> anything you like, and examine fairly and thoroughly
> how four different textbooks -- from any authors you
> like (or hate), any publishers, and any era.
> Then you will have done something useful.
> Guy
> On Sep 17, 2011, at 3:32 PM, Domenico Rosa
> <DRosa@post.edu> wrote:

> > I have in fact spent a considerable amount of time
> documenting how the Dolciani series demolished the
> college preparatory mathematics curriculum. How much
> time have you spent on this grim exercise? To get an
> idea of what happened to Euclidean Geometry see my
> post at:

> >
> >

> http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?forumID=206&thread
> ID=482893

> >
> > On 16 Sept 2011, Guy Brandenburg wrote:
> >

> >> Oh my god. The table of contents gives away the
> >> entire evil scheme, eh? I think you need to go
> >> into more detail than that, dom.
> >> In fact, I notice that when trying to enlighten us
> >> hicks to the evil wiles of la Donna Dolciani, you
> >> almost always ONLY mention or quote the TOC.

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