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Book reviews fall 2005
By Gayla Marty
From M, fall 2005
Math Wars: A Guide for Parents and TeachersBy Carmen M. Latterell
Most K-12 mathematics taught in the United States today is based on standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Yet many suspect that secondary students are no longer learning basic math, scoring well on standardized tests, or entering college prepared for mathematical fields. This book is a crash course for anyone who wants to learn the issues and have a voice in a debate. Only a greater distribution of power over curricula will end the "math wars," says Latterell, an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Praeger Press, 2005; ISBN 0-275-98423-0; $42.75 hc
The Battle That Stopped RomeBy Peter S. Wells
In 9 C.E., three Roman legions were destroyed in a surprise attack by an army of Germanic warriors in a marshy forest. The Roman Empire prevailed for four more centuries, but the September defeat ended its expansion, created the hero Arminius (Hermann), and established major European cities in a densely militarized zone along the Rhine. The battle site was discovered in 1987 at Kalkriese, near Osnabruck. Wells, a professor of anthropology on the Twin Cities campus, has written an account of the battle that reads like a novel.
W. W. Norton, 2003; ISBN 0-393-32643-8; $14.95 pb
The Vegetarian ManifestoBy Cheryl L. Perry, Leslie A. Lytle, and Teresa G. Jacobs
Vegetarians are more likely than others to eat healthfully, but young vegetarians are also more susceptible to weight-related eating problems. With six percent of teens identifying themselves as vegetarians at any given time, this wise and funny book draws on their own perspectives to lend support and solid information. It's written for teens, but is equally helpful to the adults in their lives and to vegetarians of any age. Perry and Lytle are professors in the School of Public Health, and Jacobs is a recent graduate.
Running Press, 2004; ISBN 0-7624-1887-7; $12.95 pb
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