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American Educator
Spring 1992


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Children in Crisis
The Tragedy of Underfunded Schools and the Students They Serve
By Sandra Feldman

"No gym, no music, no nurse, no guidance counselor, no trips, no art supplies. What's left?" is the way one New York teacher summed up the devastating impact of funding cuts that are affecting many school districts around the country. At a time when many young people are bringing more problems with them to school each day, schools are being denied the most fundamental resources.

It Takes Two to Tango
By Patrick Welsh

Remember the old saying, "No pain, no gain"? Why do so many students seem to feel so little compulsion to work hard, and what can we do about it?

The Columbus Controversy
A Historian Walks through the Battlefield of Ideas
By Stephan Thernstrom

The 500th anniversary of the landing of Columbus has become the occasion for fierce debate and political wrangling. The author presents a brief review of what historians currently think about some of the issues in contention.

Questions of Conquest
What Columbus Wrought, and What He Did Not
By Mario Vargas Llosa

How could a few hundred Spanish adventures conquer an empire of 20 million people? To try to unravel this and other mysteries, the distinguished Peruvian novelist takes us back to early Inca culture.

First Encounters
Books to Encourage the Beginning Reader
By Michele Landsberg

The first books a child reads are among the most important. Surveying a wide selection, this expert on children's literature suggests some of the best for the beginning reader.

A Bookstore in the Building
By Robin Cohen

Why were so many children "losing" the books their teacher had loaned them to take home? Here's a mystery story with a very happy ending.

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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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