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American Educator
Spring 1981


Table of Contents

Memories of a Bilingual Childhood
By Richard Rodriguez

Non-English-speaking children give up the private, intimate language of the family as they learn their new, public language—English.

The Law and the Classroom Discipline
By Margaret Verble

The "good old days" of the doctrine of in loco parentis are fading fast as the legal issues of discipline become increasingly complicated.

Student Brinkmanship and School Structure
By Joseph W. Licata

The custodial nature of schools serves to foster the very problems of student "brinkmanship" that the schools are trying to eliminate.

Student Advocates, Teachers' Rights
By Bruce A. Miller

Despite pressures from the "children's rights" movement, case law indicates that teachers and school administrators do have discretion as to how discipline is administered.

I Teach Journalism to Media Babies
By Jeanne Paul

Teaching the basics of journalism to today's media-wise youngsters proves to be a tough assignment.

Workers and Human Rights in Communist Europe
By William A. Douglas

The recent events in Poland and the growing unrest in Communist Europe signal an erosion of the Communist bloc's totalitarian control systems.

The Nuclear Dilemma
By F. H. Schmidt

The nuclear industry needs the support of the nation's educators in the national debate over nuclear energy.

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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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