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American Educator
Spring 1984


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The Public Schools: A Consumer Report
By William Schneider

The consumers of public education are most satisfied with it than is the public at large. Both groups agree that the major problems in the schools are a result of broad social change.

How the Networks Cover Education
Schools Are Not the Media's Pet
By Michael J. Robinson

An analysis of TV news coverage of education indicates that the three major networks focus overwhelmingly on the negative.

Teacher Excellence: Teachers Take Charge
An interview with Dal Lawrence

In Toledo, Ohio, veteran teachers oversee the professional development of new teachers and provide assistance to colleagues experiencing severe problems in the classroom.

The Teacher's Predicament
By Gerald Grant

The social authority that teachers need to do their work has been eroding, often leaving the individual teacher with an exhausting burden to carry.

Children of War
By Roger Rosenblatt

Are the children who are growing up amidst the death and destruction of the world's war zones filled with revenge and cynicism? No, says the author, in this poignant salute to their strength and dignity.

Transportation for the Mind
Computers in the World of 1985
By Lane Jennings

Reduced to human size, versatile, easy to talk to and work with: Here are machines we can love.

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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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