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American Educator
Fall 1985


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The Making of a Profession
By Albert Shanker

Despite significant gains teachers have made in salaries, fringe benefits, and working conditions, we still have not achieved the autonomy, responsibility, status, and compensation of other professions. To make teaching an authentic profession and to attract the best and brightest to our ranks will require fundamental change, a "second revolution" in American education.

Multimedia Education
Why Print Isn't Always the Best
By Patricia M. Greenfield

There is no substitute for reading and writing. But a multimedia approach to teaching—supplementing print with the newer media—can take advantage of each medium's special strengths.

Videodiscs: The Thinking Person's Audiovisual
By Frank B. Withrow

Want to practice your saxophone with the Marine Corps Band? Have instant access to the country's largest collection of art? Videodiscs—a blend of film and computers—offer a variety of new learning possibilities.

'Search' and 'Fast Forward': High Tech in the Reading Lab
By Janneke Bogyo and Anne Louise Fernbach

Two reading specialists tell how they used videodiscs to motivate students who had lost interest in learning.

'I Am One Who Writes'
New Approaches to Children's Writing
By Lucy McCormick Calkins

Real writers plan and brood, write and revise, reflect and rewrite some more, and share criticisms with their fellow writers. When classrooms are turned into writing workshops where these processes are honored, even very young students become craftsmen of the written word.

But Can She Cook? Overcoming the Barriers to Women's Education
By Joyce Antler

At every stage of their advance along the corridors of academe, women have had to overcome conservative views about a woman's proper "place." The concern that higher education might undermine a woman's traditional role has frequently influenced the nature of her education and often restricted the use of which she can put it.

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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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