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American Educator
Winter 2012–2013


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From All Walks of Life (PDF) (HTML)
New Hope for School Integration 
By Richard D. Kahlenberg

Integrating our schools is a goal that many of us share. But some seem to have given up on the idea, as plans to boost racial diversity have come under attack, and as the fixation on test scores has narrowed some people's concept of a good education. There is, however, new hope: integration by socioeconomic status. It's a cost-effective, legally sound strategy that can promote racial diversity while narrowing the achievement gap.

High-Flying High-Poverty Schools (PDF) (HTML)

The Folly of the Big Idea (PDF) (HTML)
How a Liberal Arts Education Puts Fads in Perspective
By Diana Senechal

Today's worship of sweeping innovations is preventing more modest, thoughtful ideas from being heard. As those who wish to build on the past are assumed to be protecting the status quo, we risk forsaking the works of lasting beauty and practical significance that are part of the liberal arts tradition.

The Professional Educator (PDF) (HTML)
Union Members Are Community Members
By David Gray

Unions serve their members' interests. But union members are also community members, and their interests go well beyond increasing pay and benefits. A local union president has found that his members are best served by participating in a community-wide coalition. Providing eyeglasses to needy students, promoting healthy eating, and increasing voter registration are just a few of the important issues they have tackled together.

Undue Certainty (PDF) (HTML)
Where Howard Zinn's A People's History Falls Short
By Sam Wineburg

While most historians aim to examine the full historical record, Zinn picks and chooses from it. Writing persuasively, he hides the fact that many of his claims are unsubstantiated, presents his views as the truth, and leaves students with a distorted sense of historical reasoning.

Ask the Cognitive Scientist (PDF) (HTML)
Are Sleepy Students Learning?
By Daniel T. Willingham

Although many teachers and parents worry that high school students don't sleep enough, research shows that the impact of sleep deprivation on learning is not as dramatic as typically thought. Even so, research does show that teenagers can learn to get more shuteye, and that doing so can improve their mood and behavior.

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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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