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American Educator
Spring 1980


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Knowbody Nos the Spelings Ive Scene
By Herman Arthur

Today's poor student spellers may become tomorrow's sign painters and ad writers.

The Conditions of Teaching
Teachers Face a Difficult Task Teaching Writing in Today's Schools
By Clifton Fadiman and James Howard

Teachers face a difficult task of teaching writing to their students under present classroom conditions.

Punctuation: Who Needs It?
By Van Ajemian

Effective communication requires that standards be maintained and rules followed.

Learning Basic Writing Skills in College
By Jeanne Paul

Edward P. J. Corbett and Sara Garnes have developed an innovative writing program at Ohio State University.

In Defense of Hard Work
By Ronald Berman

College students now are required to read and write far less than their predecessors and receive an inferior education as a result.

Who Gets Ahead
By William L. Hogeboom

Christopher Jenck's new study provides few additional insights about what determines success.

The Cuban Experiment
By William A. Douglas

Castro's revolution has brought totalitarian rule and little improvement in the standard of living in the last twenty years.

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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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