>If you do not utilize a textbook, how will your students learn to "read >mathematics"? One of the major problems I face at the university level >is entering freshmen who have never been required by their teachers to >read the narrative portion of their math texts. Their books were used >solely as sources of exercises. I can only see this as getting worse if >teachers abandon textbooks entirely.
Well, to echo what Judy Roitman just said, I think the idea is not to do away with texts, but not to rely on just one. And if they are used as references, instead of soures of problems, students will have to read them. And wouldn't that be cool?