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American Educator
Spring 2007


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Get Real
Here's the Boost That Poor Children, Their Teachers, and Their Schools Really Need
By Antonia Cortese

Children from low-income homes are academically behind when they enter kindergarten. To reach the same achievement level as their better-off peers, they will need to learn much more—and they will need to learn it faster. Here's how we can help meet that challenge.

In the Zone
How a Virtual District Provides Real Help for Really Struggling Schools
By Jennifer Jacobson

In Miami, the union and the district have partnered to create a "School Improvement Zone" that gives the district's lowest-scoring schools the increased attention they need. Through extended time, added professional development, and other needed supports, these schools have begun to see improvements in student achievement.

Zone Schools Are Off to a Strong Start

Mismatch (PDF)
When State Standards and Tests Don't Mesh, Schools Are Left Grinding Their Gears
By Heidi Glidden and Amy M. Hightower

Surprise! State tests and state content standards don't always match up. Turns out that what's expected, what's taught, and what's tested are not cut from the same cloth.

How Wal-Mart Is (Mis)Shaping the Global Economy
By Richard Wilson

Wal-Mart, the world's largest private employer, exemplifies a major shift in the balance of economic power, from manufacturers to retailers. In its quest for low prices, Wal-Mart demands that manufacturers cut costs—even if it means moving factories from the U.S. to China.

Every Day Low Prices ... and Wages

The Facilities Gap (PDF)
Cameras in Hand, Students Capture Photos of Schoolhouse Decay

Unhealthy and unsafe school conditions make it difficult for students to concentrate, for teachers to teach, and for staff to do their jobs.

Movie Fantasy vs. Classroom Reality
What Teaching Really Takes
By Tom Moore

Tenth-grade teacher Tom Moore thinks Hollywood's "myth of the great teacher" trivializes the expertise and hard work that teaching really takes. He just wants to be respected, supported, trusted, and paid.

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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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