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By James Garbarino
What is in the minds and hearts of kids who kill?
The Gun Dispute
By Robert J. Spitzer
Society is responsible for keeping guns out of the hands of violent young people, but it's easier said than done.
Schools Can Help
They can't end violence, but some proven programs and resources can make schools part of the solution
Tests, Tests, Tests
By Paul E. Barton
We are giving too many tests—and they are not telling us what we need to know.
Teacher Education at Trinity University
A Coherent Vision
By Julia E. Koppich
With a combination of academic work and work in the classroom, Trinity's students experience the demands and rewards of their chosen profession.
Of Schools and Teachers
By Mary Warnock
A renowned British educator and member of Parliament reflects on the nature of good teaching.
The Story of the Tennessee Class-Size Study
By Jayne Boyd-Zaharias
A member of the original STAR research team tells how this famous experiment came about and summarizes its results—thus far.
Point of Order
By Alberto Manguel
What is the best punctuation mark of this millennium? The period, of course.
'Strike for Better Schools'
By Karin Chenoweth
No one thought the St. Paul teachers would walk off the job in November 1946, but they did—and they triumphed in America's first teacher strike.
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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.