# Algebra I Saxon - Course Options

The Math Approach with Review and Repetition for Concrete Thinkers.

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## ALGEBRA I SAXON IS A YEAR-LONG COURSE FOR STUDENTS IN GRADE 7.

Algebra I Saxon is offered to those who prefer to continue with Saxon into the secondary school years. It is best suited for students who may benefit from repetition, or those who find math to be particularly challenging. Students who are more concrete thinkers will do well in this class as it provides an understanding of how to resolve more complex problems and functions. Topics covered include signed numbers, exponents, and roots; absolute value; equations and inequalities; scientific notations; unit conversions; polynomials; graphs; factoring; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variations; exponential growth; statistics; and probability. Algebra I Saxon will provide students with the strong foundation needed to continue to grow in their understanding of – and appreciation for – the wonderful truths found in mathematics, not to mention the preparation necessary for more advanced math subjects. It is offered in You Teach and Live Online formats.

The Veritas Approach to Math

Unlike some classical educators, we believe math is a crucial subject. It’s necessary for a well-rounded, rigorous classical education. In the grammar years, math provides content for developing memorization tools. In the dialectic years, subjects like Algebra I and Geometry develop students’ reasoning skills. In the rhetoric years, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Statistics, and Business Math lead students to value math in real-world applications.

At Veritas, we’re convinced that math has been dumbed down in America.١ Most students are more capable than we think. Our mission is to help make sure your children don’t become a dismal math statistic. For more than 25 years, we’ve been proving that our math standards shouldn’t come from what we were raised with. After all, if the education we ourselves received was as education should be, why would we be doing something different for our children? A study of historical٢ and international math standards helps us see this clearly.

Maybe the best way to understand our approach is to mark some milestones.

 Grade Milestone Purpose Served K Addition and subtraction facts Math building blocks, develop memorization skills 1st Multiplication facts Additional building blocks 2nd Division facts Additional building blocks 7th Algebra I Problem-solving, reasoning, logic 11th or 12th Calculus I Mapping change, thinking numerically, living today٣

Veritas recommends Saxon Math for K–6th. We also recommend Math-U-See—especially for students who struggle with learning abstract concepts. We then recommend Jacobs for Algebra I and Geometry, Foerster for Algebra II and Pre-Calculus, and Larson for Calculus.

Saxon, with its incremental advances and continual review, works best with the grammar stage. Thankfully, Harold Jacobs understands the dialectic student and has written a superb curriculum for them with Algebra I and Geometry. One of his former students, Paul Foerster, writes where Jacobs left off, providing us our favorite texts for Algebra II and Pre-Calculus. Finally, Larson, a most prolific producer of Calculus texts, provides the capstone to our math curriculum.

Some prefer to stick with Saxon into the secondary school years. We are fine with that—even offering live class options using Saxon—but prefer texts written with more of a classical pedagogical approach.

Math-U-See is also used in the secondary. Again, its greatest beneficiaries are students who struggle with abstract concepts.

Today, all math education needs to address the use of technology. At Veritas, it’s simple: use technology as a tool, not a crutch. Learning to work a two-variable algebraic equation is important. When mastered, however, why waste time plugging and chugging the numbers to develop a graphing solution? Let a machine do the number crunching. Students simply need to know how to do it.

Math is crucial to classical education. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

١Americans are lagging in math: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/

٢A Brief History of American K-12 Mathematics Education: https://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00m/AHistory.html

٣Is Calculus necessary? http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/pedagogy/use/index.html