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American Educator
Fall 1989


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China's Untold Story
Social Studies Materials Distort Reality, Ignore Questions of Democracy and Repression
By André Ryerson

The Tiananmen Square massacre was the latest confrontation between the Chinese people and a system of government responsible for the death of millions. But students who study popular educational materials would know little of the Chinese government's ongoing repression and nothing about the Chinese people's desire for freedom.

Putting Minds to Work
How to Use the Seminar Approach in the Classroom
By Dennis Gray

Too many children go year after year to school without ever feeling that ideas can be very exciting. A well-led seminar can change that. Find out how you can get started in your classroom.

A Museum Is Something You Do
Science Museums Help Teachers Bring Hands-On Approach to Class
By Karin Chenoweth

Science museums have developed the knack for making science exciting for children. Now they're helping teachers bring the same hands-on style to school.

The Harvard Education Letter

Work is under way to make teacher evaluation more meaningful that the current principal-standing-in-the-back-of-the-room-with-a-checklist method. Read about this and related developments in this special sample issue of HEL.

A Girl and Her Books
Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author Recalls How Her Childhood Love Affair with Books Opened Up the World to Her
By Annie Dillard

Anyone who has ever gotten lost in a book—and then returned to this world richer for the journey—will want to read this stirring memoir by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

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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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