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American Educator
Fall 2001


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Closing the Achievement Gap
By Sandra Feldman

Why does the achievement gap persist and what can we do to close it? The AFT's president talks about the importance of children's early years and gives her prescription for putting all young learners on the road to success.

Keep the Faucet Flowing
Summer Learning and Home Environment
By Doris R. Entwisle, Karl L. Alexander, and Linda Steffel Olson

It's not true that schools are shortchanging poor, minority children, but it is true that these kids need more than they are getting. Three Johns Hopkins researchers tell us what they have discovered about schools, neighborhoods, and inequality; and they talk about how we can eliminate the achievement gap right at the beginning of children's school years.

The School Marketplace
Has Commercialization Gone Too Far?
By Alexander Wohl

Some people don't think schools should sell soft drinks and junk food or lend themselves to product promotions. Others say that schools can't afford to pass up the advantages that corporate involvement has to offer. But where do the students fit into this picture?

For this article, Alexander Wohl won first place in the trade publications division of the 2001 National Awards for Education Reporting by the Education Writers Association.

Harnessing Technology in the Classroom
By Ellen Ficklen and Carol Muscara

For teachers who are relative newcomers to technology and who worry about how they can use it wisely and well in their classrooms, here is an anatomy of a school computer system and some advice on how to take advantage of educational technology without getting thrown.

Ways to Get Started Using Technology with Your Students

Tips from the Trenches

Going on a Webquest

Lessons from the Analog World
What Tomorrow's Classrooms Can Learn from Today

By Kevin Bushweller

No matter what cyber-enthusiasts say, joining the technology revolution does not mean throwing away what we already know about how classrooms work and kids learn.

Steady Work
The Story of Connecticut's School Reform
By Suzanne M. Wilson, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Barnett Berry

In Connecticut, fifteen-plus years of planning, cultivating, and reworking the education system are paying off for the state's students and teachers.

Oliver Goldsmith Comes to Nigeria
Pages from a Teacher's Journal
By Barbara Grant Nnoka

How does the eighteenth-century English comedy of manners, She Stoops to Conquer, play in a twentieth-century African Society, where manners are equally important but very different?

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About American Educator

American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

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