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American Educator
Spring 1994


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What College-Bound Students Abroad Are Expected to Know about Biology
Exams from England and Wales, France, Germany and Japan, Plus a Comparative Look at the United States

Whether you teach science or not, you will be fascinated by this close-up look at what's expected of college-bound students abroad—and by how many rise to the challenge of high standards. Here, assembled for the first time, are translations of the actual examinations used by several leading countries.

How to Teach Ancient History: A Multicultural Model
By Frank J. Yurco

"Our entire ancient heritage is multicultural right from the start," writes the author, "with deep roots in both Africa and Asia." Our students deserve the full—and illuminating—story.

...And How Not To: A Critique of the Portland Baseline Essays
By Erich Martel

The Portland Baseline Essays are among the most widespread Afrocentric teacher resource materials in use. Educators need to be aware of the many inaccuracies and distortions in these materials.

Schools Where Kids Are Known
By Gerald Grant

We need more schools where someone knows you well enough to feel let down when you've only half tried—and to cheer when you've edged forward.

Second Thoughts about Interdisciplinary Studies
By Kathleen J. Roth

A "1492" theme—in honor of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's "discovery" of America—seemed like a approach for integrating social studies and science. But by the end of a three-month unit, serious questions arose about what got lost along the way.

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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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