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American Educator
Fall 1996


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Reality's Revenge: Research and Ideology
By E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

The author argues that politics and ideology have clouded the debate over education policy and hindered efforts to create the schools we need. Can scientific research help point the way forward?

Making Research Serve the Profession
By Bonnie Grossen

With all of the competing "reforms" and conflicting educational theories now being thrown at educators. how do we keep potentially destructive fads at bay? Here is a case for the construction of a professional knowledge base, grounded in and informed by research into high-performing schools.

Skills and Other Dilemmas of a Progressive Black Educator
By Lisa Delpit

What happens when educational theories and classroom realities don't mesh? This provocative article speaks to the need for educational leaders to pay close attention to feedback from parents and practitioners, especially those from minority communities.

Students Want More Discipline, Disruptive Classmates Out
By Lyric Wallwork Winik

It only takes one or two students to disrupt an entire classroom. High school students speak out, and what they have to say might surprise you.

Finding the Way Point: Education and the American Dream
By Richard Dreyfuss

The Academy Award–winning author talks about his starring role as a high school music teacher, his fond memories of the teachers who helped shape his life, and public education's role in helping to shape the future of the nation.

2004: Maryland's Reform Odyssey
By Karin Chenoweth

At this year's Education Summit, governors and business leaders from across the country affirmed their commitment to raising the academic bar for all students. Here's the story of how one state is attempting to implement a system of high academic standards.

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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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