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Posted February 9, 2009
Houghton Mifflin Publishing was the creator of the Modern School Mathematics program of the 60s and 70s, with Mary P. Dolciani as the principal author of the series. The books were used by almost every school system in the United States, they were unique in their format, pure in thier mathematical clarity and presented topics in a manner which not only trigered thought, but forced logical mathematical thinking.<BR/><BR/>Much has changed...Upon her death in the early 90s, Houghton Mifflin began to distribute a new series under the guidance of Ron Larson, et.al. The series is in every way inferior; yet it continues to be the most widely used series in the U.S. It is very "dumbed down", with little to no mathematical verbage, mostly pictures and examples. No mathematical logic or purity. Sequencing of topics is, well, out of sequence. An pity the poor teacher who must teach from this 10 lb. book. The Teacher's Edition is rampling and manic, mostly filled with lessons you should have learned from your methods class in college on how to teach algebra. There is no additonal information to assist the teacher in any way, shape or form. Unlike the Dolciani TE's which included annotations and many useful alternate explainations, this series offers none of that. I feel like I am planning a lession in psychology of mathematics rather than mathematics when I use this text. If the pupils text is poor, the teacher's edition is dreadful. <BR/>Houghton Mifflin needs to find another Dr. Dolciani and fast.
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Posted May 10, 2009
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