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Whether on the road or at home, enjoy the summer features on “Dynamical Algebraic Combinatorics” and “The Open Mathematics of Crystallization” (related to the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, also featured). We're also highlighting a review of Hidden Figures, the movie about the amazing role of black women at NASA during the Space Race. —Frank Morgan, Editor-in-Chief
The 1990s were a time of great change and turmoil in mathematics education. Stimulated by the new "standards" documents promulgated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in the mid-1990s, reformers advocated new teaching methods and revamped curricula, while traditionalists complained that the new courses lacked rigor and left students without basic skills. Much of the debate that raged twenty years ago finds an echo in today's controversies over mathematics education. Presenting views of a wide variety of people involved in the "math wars"---from parents to teachers to curriculum developers to math professors---the article tries to understand why the debates became so acrimonious. The second part of the article appeared in the August 1997 issue.