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Saxon Math was developed in the 1960's by John Saxon, a retired Airforce officer who did not like the "New Math" that was taking over curricula in America at the time. I remember alot of set theory and philosophy in my fourth grade math class. I spent all of sixth grade "translating" numbers from base ten to other number systems and bases and then back to base ten. I had the same lessons in my teacher preparation classes in graduate school.
Saxon was a teacher at the time and the reason there is an exteme amount of review in his books is b/c he noted that he would teach a skill and work for a period of time on one math skill, and meanwhile many of the students would lose their acuity in their other skills.
John Saxon worked w/ Jaime Escalante in the 1980's ("Stand and Deliver", and subject of the book, "The Best Teacher In America" ) in developing excellent math lessons and curricula. Excalante wanted his high school math students to come in to high school prepared to do high school level math. Many of them did not even have basic skills.
I do like it b/c it is is very thorough. For the homeschooling family, no skill will be missed in my humble opinion if you use Saxon Math. It is just very practical and concise.
LAUSD has banned the Saxon series b/c they have determined it to be too "simplistic". Meanwhile, my best friend took her child out of LAUSD b/c the teacher taught math to everyone using only cuisinaire rods. I know cuisinaire rods are excellent for children who have quantity and perceptual problems, but it is not for every child.
Experience is the hardest teacher.
It gives the test first and the lesson afterward.