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American Educator
Summer 2000


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Lost in Action
Are Time-Consuming, Trivializing Activities Displacing the Cultivation of Active Minds?
By Gilbert T. Sewall

No one contests that there is some legitimate place for projects and activities in the classroom. But lost in the whirlwind of all the doing and doing is a sense of where the real action should be—in the minds of our students.

Bad Attitude (PDF)
Confronting the Views That Hinder Students' Learning
By Vincent Ryan Ruggiero

Tired of students who don't hesitate to say how boring they find class, who have replaced self-discipline with unfettered self-expression, and who hold nothing in higher esteem than their own opinions? Read this.

Democracy as a Universal Value
By Amartya Sen

What was the most important development of the 20thh century? Not as difficult a choice as it first seems, says this Nobel Prize winner: It was the rise of democracy.

The State of Democracy: 2000
By Adrian Karatnycky

This highly regarded survey by Freedom House finds that approximately 39 percent of the world's population live in Free societies, 26 percent in Partly Free societies, and 36 percent in Not Free societies.

Summertime ... and Reading Beckons
The Delights of Reading
By Otto L. Bettmann

Of course the closets are a clutter and the grass should be mowed, but the mind and spirit need time to replenish themselves. Here's some inspiration.

The Shape of the Book
By Alberto Manguel

The journey from the Mesopotamian clay tablets—some as large as 67 square feet—to today's handy paperback has been a fascinating one.

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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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