One of the things that most astounds me is the observation that teaching has existed for thousands of years, but in our age we try to reinvent it. You’d think that the art and science of instruction would have been finalized long ago; that all the gains to be wrung from the psychology of the process would have been discovered and formalized as a perfect and complete pedagogy, ready to use. But it is not so.
The “New Math” and the “New English” were re-inventions I endured 50 years ago in grade school. Common core is a re-invention students endure today. It is as if our society became dissatisfied with the wheel and determined to substitute a more angular device in its place.
The article suggests that “Saxon Math” restores the art and science of K-12 math instruction to its wheel-like form.