Table of Contents
Schools for the Future
Architectural Innovations Conserve Energy
By Jacqueline Lewin
Schools meet the energy crunch with improved architectural design.
The American Teacher Yesterday and Today
By Jonathan C. Messerli
The president of a university sketches the evolution of the modern teacher from colonial America to the present.
A History of British Teachers' Centers
By Robert Thornbury
A leader in the British teachers' center movement traces the development of teachers' efforts to take charge of in-service training.
Teachers Helping Teachers
By John S. Friedman
The Detroit Center for Professional Growth and Development provides a model for teacher-controlled teachers' centers.
The Federal Role in Teacher Training
By Marshall S. Smith
The author suggests ways the federal government can help teachers meet the increased specialized demands placed on them.
An Interview with Mary Berry
The new Assistant Secretary of Education talks about the federal role in education, her trip in China, and how she hopes to improve education.
A Question of Ethics
The Moscow Book Fair
By Joseph S. Drew
A journalist describes his experiences in taking books behind the iron curtain.
Reforming the Reform Schools
The Failure of Correctional Institutions to Educate
By Ricki Pollack
The author discusses the problems of educating children in correctional facilities.
By Linda Chavez and Nancy Gaeta
Language, Ethnicity, and the Schools poses questions about the involvement of the federal government in bilingual education. Our Children's Crippled Future attacks the current approach to educating children.
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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.