Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on May 27, 1990 · Page 12
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 12

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, May 27, 1990
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FINAL Arizona Republ EEST AVAILABLE COPY B4 The Republic . Sunday, May 27, 1990 Math-text author is a hero MATH-TEXT, from page Bl ot textbooks for junior-high and high-school mathematics. "But at Window Rock High, as at thousands of other schools around the rSoiiritry, Saxon's name is spoken with Reverence by pupils who credit him with changing completely their views about math. 'Everyone was really excited when CM found ouj there was a chance he "Could come and speak," said senior "Adrian Haven, who said Saxon was nis calculus class' top choice for Speaker. : XalCulus wasn't taught ; XTAhd teachers at Window Rock !L3iigIf say that Saxon's approach to peaching math has enabled them to "take; students barely able to get '. through remedial math and have them '"passing calculus in just a couple of :cars. "Up until this year, we never taught calculus, and none of our students took the advanced-placement 2 test for calculus," said Alice Jasmer, a : math teacher at the school for the past 15 years. ' "This year, we taught calculus, and 13 of our students took the test." ' 1 1 Noel Hensley attended Window .' Rock High this year as an exchange ; student from Santa Rita High School in Tucson, which uses conventional "math methods. VI made a 'D' in Tucson. I had 'big-time problems," she said. Under the Saxon method this year, jshe; received an "A." Now, Hensley -aid, she is dreading a return to Santa Rita's conventional ways. Z'l The Saxon method is not actually a new approach that changes the way pupils tackle problems, Jasmer said. Instead, it stresses repetition which she said is the key that takes the fear out of math. "I may spend 15 or 20 minutes at the beginning of the class teaching something new," she said. "The class then spends the rest of the time reviewing problems that include everything that we have taken since the beginning of the course." No last-minute cramming In conventional math classes, the teachers introduce a concept, discuss it for one to five days, and then go on to something else, Jasmer said. Pupils typically don't review material until just before final examinations. For most pupils, this can mean a lot of cramming and panic. In 1984, before the Saxon program was implemented at the school, Window Rock High students, on the average, accurately answered 1 1 of the 36 math questions on the American College Test, compared with a national average of 17. This year, the Window Rock average was 20, compared with a national average of about 19, Jasmer said. At the commencement exercises, Saxon said it is not surprising that American high-school students are years behind their Japanese counterparts in such subjects as math and science. "We have been teaching math the wrong way for decades," he said. Saxon acknowledged that critics say his program merely makes "robots" out of pupils, who may get better test scores but are not being taught "how to think." "They won't concede the possibility that the higher test scores . could indicate that the students have a better understanding of math concepts, and that the program works," he said. Used in 4,000 schools The Saxon method, which has been around for 10 years, is taught at about 60 schools in Arizona and 4,000 nationwide, Jasmer and Saxon said. Walt Hoffman, director of math for Saguaro High School in Scottsdalc and a supporter of the Saxon program, said last week that Arizona math teachers who use it, like it. "The vast majority of teachers in Arizona who have used the program with an open mind never want to go back to anything else," he said. Saxon, of Norman, Okla., was an Air Force test pilot before he became a math teacher. He said he has become a millionaire by publishing his textbook himself after no publishing company would take it. "I begged the Mesa school district to use my book and offered to give them $30,000 of free books," he said. "They turned me down." Mary Vecchiarelli, principal of Mesa.'High School, said that she and others believe that there is nothing wronj; with the Saxon books but that Saxon's offer was turned down because Saxon's program does not fit willuthe district's existing testing schedule. Saxon said one motivation for what he admits is a crusade is his failing health, "I'm 66," he said. "It's quite likely that I won't live another five years." Later he said, "Maybe it's simply because I had a hard time with math when I was young. I want to make it easier for students today." 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