From: Gordon Bockus
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Re: Saxon
I remember teaching out of the original Saxon Algebra Text book. It is not one of my fondest memories. I have also found that Saxon is one area of Mathematics Publishing and Idealology that has no grey area, you are either a total believer or a totally against it. My problem with saxon is not the success that some students seem to have in the program but what happens to them if they go to a higher level where saxon is not used. I have seen good(?) saxon students fall a grade level or two. If you are going to use saxon it needs to be your entire program and a student must stick with it all the way through grade 12. It also allows no flexibility in assignments. But some may consider it a strength. I do not have the answer to this, but I will not adopt his books for secondary mathematics!!
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