Nakonia Hayes: John Saxon and the Math Wars

Published February 26, 2014

A retired military man turned math teacher almost singlehandedly started the “math wars” of the 1990s, says Nakonia Hayes. She’s a long-time teacher, former principal, and author of John Saxon’s Story: A Genius of Common Sense in Math Education. She joins the podcast to discuss the story of how John Saxon began writing math curriculum, its reception from the math establishment, what fuzzy math is and why it’s ineffective, and John Saxon’s legacy. Hayes and her book can be found at

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