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American Educator
Fall 1992


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Turning Around Arkansas' Schools
Bill Clinton and Education Reform
By David Osborne

The presidential campaign is too important to be decided by 15-second TV soundbites. One serious story that deserves to be entered into the record in some detail is the remarkable turnaround of the Arkansas public school system, which, when Bill Clinton first became governor, was last in the nation in education spending per child, in teacher salaries, and in the percentage of students going on to college.

What Should Elementary Students By Doing?
Outlines of a 'Thinking Curriculum'

Feeling overwhelmed by the new curriculum recommendations coming fast and furious from almost every discipline? This brief overview provides a lucid guide to what's happening in language arts, math, history, and science—and why.

Come Look with Me
Exploring Landscape Art with Children
By Gladys S. Blizzard

No child is ever too young to start learning about and enjoying our extraordinary arts heritage. Here are four stunning reproductions to take into your classroom; the provocative questions that accompany each are guaranteed to get your students hooked.

The New Free-Trade Heel
By Jeffrey Ballinger

You do the math: Indonesian women who work under wretched conditions to make Nike athletic shoes—which sell for $80 and up in the United States—earn just under 14¢ an hour.

Liberating Laughter
By Michele Landsberg

Humor can lift the heart, cleanse the soul, salve the wound—and lure the reluctant reader. Here's a guide to some of the best humorous writing for children.

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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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