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What Math Programs Does the CLAA Recommend?

When parents ask about “Math programs”, the questions are usually vague and the common responses in private school and homeschool circles are lazy.  The study of Mathematics is very complicated and what students should do depends entirely on what a student’s goals are with respect to mathematical studies.

I.  Classical Mathematics

In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we teach the four classical mathematical arts, known as the 

II. Modern Mathematics – Theory

The Classical Liberal Arts Academy provides students with efficient modern Mathematics courses that emphasize the theory of the mathematical sciences.  We simply provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate mastery of the theory of the mathematical sciences using the old “Ray’s Arithmetic” series, which presents the theory in an efficient and systematic manner.  We recommend these courses for students not planning to pursue college or career plans that focus on STEM fields.

III.  Modern Mathematics – Exercises

In addition to our courses, which focus on the theory of the mathematical sciences, we recommend that students practice problem solving using popular online resources, to get as much practice as possible.  We recommend that students be encouraged to use these resources instead of video games as a means of productive recreation.

STEM Career Preparation

For students seeking admission to selective colleges and universities for future STEM studies. We recommend a program called the “Art of Problem Solving” (AoPS), which provides the highest quality online Mathematics courses. 

Against Homeschool Math Programs

Parents must guard against unrealistic expectations and lazy curriculum-shopping. No student is going to become a great Mathematics student using the popular homeschool catalog programs.  Programs like Saxon Math or Modern Curriculum Press or Singapore Math became popular because they were the only options marketed to homeschool families in the 1990s.  They are confused programs that serve modern school courses to homeschool students, which makes no sense.  Again, they were developed at a time when homeschooling was a new idea and they are obsolete today.  

Mr. William C. Michael, O.P.

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