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CD set is poorly produced and does not 'teach'
September 4, 2013
Having used the Saxon Algebra I CD set, we were expecting a helpful tutor on the Geometry CD set. What we've discovered instead is a voice reading almost verbatim what is in the textbook. Not only does the 'teacher' on the CD's fail to offer anything beyond what is in the text, she reads so quickly and with so little enunciation, we are hard pressed to understand what she is saying, even when following along with the book. Very poor production standards, and more important, a gross misrepresentation of product. This is not comprehensive lesson instruction. There is absolutely no additional value in these CD's beyond what is found on the pages of the text book. Nor do the CD's offer step-by-step solutions. Much is left unexplained. Consider the algebra review practice problems where a student might benefit from at least a brief review of a previously learned concept while seeing the problem solved. The narrator offers nothing beyond a skeletal and very quickly worked out solution, repeating only what she is writing, with no explanation. If I encountered this 'teacher' using this method in a classroom, I would be lost. I fail to see how my student is going to benefit by encountering her on these CD's. Saxon, you can do better.
If you want a cd rom that reads the book to you, then this is what you are looking for! This has been absolutley the worst product I have purchased. If you and your child can read, don't waste your time buying these discs. This product has not offered any assistance to my 10th grader and the instructor's voice is dull and makes constant smacking noises. This was a thorough disappointment and completely misleads the consumer with it's statement of having a "real Saxon teacher". What you have is a "real Saxon reader".
Right now I am passed the point of being disappointed. I am angry. My two 10th grade granddaughters are working on Saxon Geometry as I am typing this and they are struggling. I have contacted several sources at Saxon and explained to them that this "teacher" on CD-ROM that we ordered with the kit does not teach anything. She reads directly from the text book and offers no explanations or helpful hints to solve the problems. She reads so fast that she fails to enunciate distinctly. She hinders more than helps so they don't even listen to her now.