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American Educator
Fall 1983


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The Self and Memory in 1984
In the Labyrinth of Political Deception
By Joseph Adelson

Orwell's novel explores as few others have the ways in which the state can crush the individual. The manipulation of history destroys personal memory and with it the sense of self.

Teaching about Nuclear War
When Political Advocacy Becomes Classroom Indoctrination
By Linda Chavez

The NEA has the right to endorse a pro-nuclear freeze policy, but it does not have the right to encourage its teacher-members to indoctrinate children in this point of view. A new study guide produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists in conjunction with the NEA does just that.

Rediscovering Fathers
New Literature Reflects Changing Experience of the Nation's Fathers
By Harold R. Isaacs

Fathers, who in many ways were the "forgotten parents" of research studies and other literature in the past, are now attracting major attention by researchers and mass market paperback writers as divorce, single parenthood, and remarriage have a profound effect on today's American families.

Teachers in the Movies
By Rob Edelman

A look at movies from the past and present provides some predictable—but often positive—views of teachers and their profession.

The Agenda for Excellence
The Report That Put Education Back in the News
An interview by Daphne Siev White

AFT member Jay Sommer, the only teacher union representative on the National Commission on Excellence in Education, explains why the commission's report, released this spring, raised such an extraordinary alarm about the state of education in this country.

The Renewal of America
By Paul S. Sarbanes

Social scientist Amitai Etzioni has correctly identified the critical questions that this nation faces in the coming decade, but whether his answers are the right ones remains unclear.

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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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