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American Educator
Spring 1979


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Education in a Democracy
By Mortimer J. Adler

A prominent philosopher asks, "Should we give liberal schooling to all and can we succeed in doing so?"

Who's Watching the Children
By William L. Pierce

An expert on child care discusses day care programs in the United States.

Day Care and the Public Schools
By Marilyn Rauth

AFT educational issues department director discusses a new study on day care in the public schools.

Confessions of a High School Social Studies Teacher
By Herman Arthur

A teacher describes his impressions of the new generation of high school students.

The Teaching of Democratic Values
By Jeane J. Kirkpatrick

The author argues that it is the responsibility of the public schools to transmit democratic values to American students if democracy is to survive.

The Rebel Einstein
By William J. Broad

A science writer describes the life of Albert Einstein on this one-hundredth anniversary of the great scientist's birth.

Classroom Corner: Do-It-Yourself Playground
By Herm Nathan

A teacher builds playground equipment on a small budget.

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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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