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American Educator
Spring 2000


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'You Can Always Look It Up' ... or Can You? (PDF)
By E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Now that a world of information is only a click away on the Internet, is the need for a broad storehouse of knowledge obsolete? Research in cognitive psychology reveals a fascinating paradox.

What We Mean by the West
By William H. McNeill

A renowned historian recounts how the concept of "the West" developed, the circumstances that gave birth to "Western Civ" courses, and why limiting our studies to the West will not suffice.

Merits and Perils of Teaching about Other Cultures
By Walter A. McDougall

Only multicultural history—taught honestly and in depth—can reveal to students the ways all humans beings are alike.

The Teening of Childhood
By Kay S. Hymowitz

With 10-year-olds giving up their dolls for mascara and body oil, what has happened to that protected period we used to call childhood?

Why Reading to Children Is Important (PDF)
By Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats

Yes, yes we all know it's important, but here is a clear, compelling explanation of the many reasons why. Get your students' parents to read this one, and we can change the world.

There's Rosemary for Remembrance
By John Keegan

As Memorial Day approaches, how many of our students will see it as more than a fun three-day weekend? Perhaps this portrait of reverent remembrance will remind them of what it's all about.


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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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