apayne wrote:I've been researching Saxon lately, considering switching my boys. I notice that MFW recommends Jacobs for geometry. I also see that Saxon has a geometry program. Does MFW simply feel that Jacobs is better, or was the Saxon program not yet out when the recommendations were made? Has anyone used Saxon for geometry?
Thanks - Anne
I was talking about this with folks at the Wisconsin convention. All of us helping in the booth had rising 9th graders (and current/previous 9th graders in David Hazell's case). A customer in the booth had used Saxon Geometry in her home. The customer was telling us that her son and dh were were math guys and unable to use Saxon Geometry, even after using Saxon successfully for a long time. I did say that I expect errors in all my books, but she gave examples that she felt were more than typos, such as the wrong kind of triangle being drawn for a theory that applied to a different kind of triangle. All-in-all, they didn't know what the problem was, but it just wasn't the same.
David Hazell pointed out that Saxon Geometry was not written by Mr. Saxon, since he is deceased. The Saxon company was apparently purchased by Harcourt, who added the Geometry text to their line. I'm sure they attempted to follow the Saxon pattern, but I know nothing myself and have never even looked at the Saxon book.
I did look at the Jacobs book a lot -- well, you could say that I obsessed over it & bugged David Hazell a lot
I was impressed with how many examples of real-life uses of geometry were shown throughout. I also liked the regular algebra reviews. The answer key had I believe 4 sections, not just the answers. One was a teacher guide with pictures of overheads & teacher methods -- don't know how easy it will be to use, but I just felt I'd have some things in there if needed.
Just thought I'd share that while it's fresh in my mind
Julie, married 29 yrs, finding our way without Shane
Reid (21) college student; used MFW 3rd-12th grades (2004-2014)
Alexandra (29) mother; hs from 10th grade (2002)
Travis (32) engineer; never hs