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American Educator
Spring 2001


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Parenting: The Lost Art
By Kay S. Hymowitz

When parents fail to define a moral universe for their children, they set them adrift—unmoored and vulnerable—in a sensationalist, media-saturated world.

The Parent as Career Coach

Why Geography Matters
By Walter A. McDougall

Whatever happened to the study of geography? Unless students can "do the map"—and many cannot—they have no way of understanding why the world is the way it is.

A Tribute to Jeanne Chall

Due in large part to Jeanne Chall's lifelong dedication to the field of reading education, countless children who otherwise would be hopelessly struggling are now on a secure path to literacy.

Jeanne Chall's Last Book

Teaching Vocabulary
Early, Direct, and Sequential
By Andrew Biemiller

Comprehension rests to large degree on vocabulary knowledge, but by grade 5 there are dramatic vocabulary differences among children. We can do something about that.

Real Heroes
By Dennis Denenberg

Pop quiz for your students: Who are Elizabeth Blackwell, George Marshall, Matthew Henson, Jonas Salk, and Yo-Yo Ma? If they don't know, here's just the book they need.

E. B. White and Charlotte's Web
By Scott Elledge

Fifty years ago, on January 19, 1951, E. B. White finished the first draft of Charlotte's Web. Eleven million copies later, it remains one of the most beloved children's books of all time.

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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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