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American Educator
Fall 1981


Table of Contents

Restoring the House of Intellect
By Steven M. Cahn

It is time for educators to stop promoting "education as ecstasy" and to reclaim their rightful authority to demand high academic standards.

The Debate about Standards
By Diane Ravitch

If public education is to maintain its traditional role in society, educators must take a critical look at some of the current practices in our schools that have led to a decline in academic excellence.

Childhood's End
The Tragedy of the Television Age
By Neil Postman

Television is becoming a disaster for our youth, for it is rapidly wiping out those characteristics that make children significantly different from adults.

Why Go to College?
By Neil Roberts

A father's letter to his children explains why higher education is not only a door to better career opportunities but also the springboard to greater personal happiness.

Suicide Prevention: A Lifeline for Troubled Teenagers

Students join with other professionals at a crisis center in California to combat the growing incidence of teenage suicide.

Math Anxiety
Help for Minority Students
By Stanley Kogelman, Susan Forman, and Jan Asch

Group sessions that focus on math anxiety can have a dramatic impact on minority and disadvantaged students' attitudes about learning.

The Magic Touch of Master Teachers
By Anne Nelson Goldblatt

Because of their character, their love, and their special gift of communication, some teachers have an influence on their students that reaches far beyond the classroom.

Teaching about the Vietnam War
By Willard L. Hogeboom

Despite the many inadequacies of current textbooks, teachers today have both the expertise and the responsibility to teach the issues of the Vietnam War.

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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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