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Jack Rotman

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Re: Saxon's program
Posted: Dec 6, 1995 10:03 AM
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In response to my comments, Chi-Tien said:
>I can understand why that will happen to students from reform-based program. Can
>you also tell us about the weakness of students from Saxon program?
>I sincerely like to know.
>
>Chi-Tien


I don't have experience with students that I know have gone through the Saxon
program. (I have examined the algebra texts.) Since his style is related
to the type of books we have used in our developmental college courses,
I would expect "Saxon graduates" to be:

strong in manipulative skills
strong on word problems if they were practiced previously
weak on new word problems
weak on communicating mathematical information

These are guesses; I don't know of any high school using a Saxon text in
the area my college serves. In addition, I am not saying that these would be
unique weaknesses to Saxon graduates; the weaknesses listed are very difficult
to ensure by a given textbook.

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