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American Educator
Winter 1997–1998


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The Triumphant Power of the Humanities
By Earl Shorris

Would very poor people, surrounded as they are by so many problems, find anything of relevance to their lives in fourteenth-century Italian painting or the Magna Carta or the death of Socrates? The author dared to find out.

Teachers: Missionaries for Learning
By James M. Banner Jr. and Harold C. Cannon

Teachers must have a love affair with knowledge and learning—flagrant enough for their students to take notice. But what precisely does that involve?

The New NEA: Reinventing Teachers Unions for a New Era
By Bob Chase

In a speech to the National Press Club, the president of the National Education Association describes some of the discussions and changes taking place within the organization he heads.

Building an Excellent Teacher Corps: How Japan Does It (PDF)
By Carol J. Kinney

While there are remarkable teachers in all countries, researchers have consistently noted the high level of performance of the average Japanese teacher. Here are some of the reasons.

Learning to Listen
By William H. Armstrong

The notion of listening has become linked with an image of passivity. Too bad, because effective listening is perhaps the hardest, most active work any learner is called upon to do.

Projects and Activities: A Means, Not an End (PDF)
By Elaine Wrisley Reed

"Hands-on," "real-world" projects, and "discovery" or "experiential" learning are all the rage, but let's make sure all this "doing" is the best way to get to where we want to go.

Those Pullman Blues
By David D. Perata

The struggle to organize railroad porters and attendants is one of the most important and remarkable chapters in labor and civil rights history.

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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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