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American Educator
Fall 1984


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Teacher Collective Bargaining: The Critical Third Decade
By Sandra Feldman

If teachers are treated like true professional educators, new patterns of labor-management cooperation are possible.

Liberal Arts Colleges and Teacher Quality
By Faith Dunn

What! Waste your Dartmouth education on a career in teaching?

Science Education for the Non-Scientist
By Jeremy Bernstein

Why poets need physics, plus a tour through some intriguing "technological necessity" classes.

Taking the Measure of Excellence
The Case against Basing Teacher Evaluation on Student Test Scores
By Linda Darling-Hammond

When student achievement test scores are used to evaluate teachers, everyone loses, says the author.

What's Moral about Huckleberry Finn
By June Edwards

Huck's many critics are off the mark: This all-American novel is a tale rich with morality.

Resilient Children
The Search for Protective Factors
By Maya Pines

A number of children who grow up amidst terrible deprivation and chaos do remarkably well despite all the strikes against them. What is their secret?

Do You Think of Yourself as a Teacher-Researcher? You Should!
By Beatrice A. Ward

Direct teacher involvement in educational research not only means better research but also better teachers. Here's how you can become part of this growing movement.

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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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