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Lost and Found
The Incredible Life and Times of (Miss) Layle Lane
By Jack Schierenbeck
It's not easy to understand why, 25 years after her death, this AFT pioneer has been nearly forgotten.
A Walk on the Underground Railroad
By Anthony Cohen
A young African American historian, looking for traces of the routes followed by runaway slaves, finds himself on a personal journey.
By David W. Orr
Who is murdering our language—and why? A professor of conservation biology, and champion of the spoken and written word, offers a short list of culprits and some suggestions about how to rescue the victim.
Enlightenment for Children
Community Schools in South India
By Stephanie Fischer
Poor parents in a Hyderabad slum are rushing to enroll their children in Sarat Babu Vasireddy's Baljyoti schools.
Burned at the High Stakes
A Somewhat Pseudo Self-Test about Testing
By W. James Popham
There's a lot of heated talk about tests these days, and one assessment expert thinks it's time to get a laugh out of this incendiary subject.
How Much More Than a Fad?
By Edward Muir
The movement back to smaller schools is not just another swing of the education pendulum, but many questions about the effects of school size still need to be answered.
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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.