Table of Contents
Mainstreaming: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
By Joyce G. Ashley
A teacher discusses some of the implications of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act.
From Public Policy to the Classroom
A short primer provides information on the handicapped law and accompanying federal regulations.
A Question of Ethics
A Dialogue on Racial Justice
By Robert P. Largess
A Boston teacher rebels against taking a racial census in his classroom.
In Defense of the Schools
By Diane Ravitch
A historian examines the recent attacks on the American school system by radical critics.
The Other Professionals
A photo essay by Susanne Anderson
Two paraprofessionals talk about their lives in and out of the classroom.
The Test Score Decline
By Eugenia Kemble
The author analyzes the results of the much publicized study of declining SAT scores.
Bringing Education Research Closer to Teachers
An interview with Patricia Graham
Dr. Patricia Graham, newly appointed director of the National Institute of Education, talks about education research, teacher education, and the problems of teachers.
No Matter What
By Marc Bloom
An eighth-grade teacher discusses the joys and trials of teaching in an urban school system.
The Football Scholar: A Bit of Nostalgia
By John F. Taylor
A college English professor humorously describes a student who excels equally at end-runs and run-ons.
Book Review: Between Parent and School
By Diane Maldonado
The reviewer criticizes Between Parent & School by Drs. Murray Kappelman and Paul Ackerman.
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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.