Math for the Classically Educated Student.
STATISTICS IS A YEAR-LONG COURSE FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-12.
As our world becomes increasingly connected, data has come to play an important role in everything from economics to healthcare to marketing to education, and this course gives students a head start on understanding this powerful discipline. Students will focus on developing statistical thinking and the use of basic statistical concepts using modern computer-based practices. Topics include sampling and experimentation, descriptive statistics, probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, single sample and two sample hypothesis tests for means and proportions. Real, up-to-date data and examples using current events will be used to help students see connections with the real world. This course is designed to develop students into consistent statistical thinkers. Learning can happen through the Live Online format.
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.
Addition and subtraction facts
Math building blocks,
develop memorization skills
Additional building blocks
Additional building blocks
Problem-solving, reasoning, logic
11th or 12th
Mapping change, thinking numerically, living today٣
Veritas recommends Saxon Math for K–6th, 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.
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