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Remember Tiananmen Square
Support the Global Petition Campaign
By Sandra Feldman
Caution—Praise Can Be Dangerous
By Carol S. Dweck
When we praise students for being intelligent, we give them the wrong idea about learning—and about themselves.
Ability and Expertise
It's Time to Replace the Current Model of Intelligence
By Robert J. Sternberg
What are we really measuring when we give children IQ tests?
From Aptitude to Effort
A New Foundation for Our Schools
By Lauren B. Resnick
People can become smart by working hard at the right set of tasks, and we must remake our schools to reflect that fact.
California's Charter Schools
Promises vs. Performance
By Amy Stuart Wells
A new study from UCLA finds that charter school reform is falling short of its rhetoric.
Learning from California
By F. Howard Nelson
Some tips on identifying—and fixing—what's wrong with charter schools.
Edgewood Under Siege
Vouchers Come to a Texas School District
By Jeff Mandell
Will the public money being diverted to voucher schools bring down this high-achieving—and high-poverty—school district?
Vouchers and the Accountability Dilemma
An AFT Policy Brief
The public thinks that private schools should sacrifice autonomy in return for public money; but many private schools are calling that a poor exchange.
In the Shadow of Auschwitz
Teaching the Holocaust in Poland
By Burton Bollag
What do Polish school children learn about the disappearance of 3.5 million Polish Jews? Not much.
Ten Years After Tiananmen
Some Unsung Heroes of the Struggle
The stories of five Chinese teachers who carried on the fight for human rights after June 4, 1989.
Postcards from a Refugee Camp
Seven young survivors of Burmese oppression draw their nightmares and their hopes.
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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.