Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-BerryThis is a very competently written book that explores the issue of affirmative action. The title of the first chapter, "Affirmative ActionOr Reverse Discrimination," indicates how this study is meant to provide both sides of a complex issue. After providing a historical overview, several chapters are devoted to each side of the issue. The book comes complete with documentation in the form of footnotes for each chapter, bibliography, Internet resources, and glossary. The book effectively uses headers, sidebars, bold-faced direct quotes, and some photographs to visually organize the material. This book could be a very effective resource for a high school social studies class to debate this or any of the controversial current social issues that other books in the series focus on, including animal testing, cloning, the Arab-Israeli conflict, racial profiling, etc. In many ways, using books like this instead of the standard textbook can be a more effective way to engage high school students in recognizing that while opinions on a problem may vary, it is important to have facts and information that supports the position one takes and acts upon as a responsible citizen.
School Library JournalGr 6�9
These titles join an ever-increasing output from publishers seeking to mine controversial topics. They define and discuss their respective subjects from a variety of perspectives, giving the pros and cons of a number of positions. However, unlike the "Opposing Viewpoints" titles (Gale), the discussion points here are made by one author instead of a number of scholars and experts providing their views. Both Kops and Kowalski strive mightily to maintain balanced presentations. Both books are well organized and are clearly and plainly written. A careful reading by students should yield a wealth of information for research papers, term papers, essays, or debates. These are fine additions to social-issues collections, but should be used in conjunction with other titles that offer a variety of voices.
Carol Jones CollinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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