Groups in the New Mathematics Hardcover – January 1, 1967
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I'm writing this in 2003, and find little hint of Irving's bravery among today's reformists. But for those who do want to craft a quality mix for tomorrow's young, Adler's book remains a valuable resource.
Since the 1960s, we've seen numerous advances that might impact our approach today (Rubik's Cube, advances in cryptography, easier programming languages), but this tome is still highly relevant.
Whether Adler succeeds in keeping this material accessible to 7th graders all the way to the end, where he's dealing with homomorphisms and cosets of normal subgroups, is debatable, but also not so important. The goal is to create a footprint for the material, and then assume a thread stretching forward through higher grades.