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American Educator
Summer 1979


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Danger Behind the School Door
Chemicals and Other Substances Used in Classrooms May Prove Hazardous to Teachers and Students
By R. C. Newell

The author looks at asbestos and other hazardous substances in the classroom.

Will Tragedy Strike Again?
By Paul E. Teague

Two decades after the tragic Our Lady of the Angels fire in Chicago, the editor of Fire Journal examines fire safety in our schools today.

A Personal Account of a School Fire
By Michele McBride

A survivor of the Our Lady of the Angels school fire recounts her ordeal.

What You Should Know about School Safety

A school safety expert describes what educators can do to protect themselves and their students against accidents and injury.

Driver Education Under Fire

Testimony of a Battered Teacher
By Margaret H. Campbell

A classroom teacher describes her battle with bureaucracy and red tape after she is assaulted by a student.

Teaching as Failing
By Richard A. Hawley

This essay probes the need for teachers to acknowledge and discuss their fears about their professional abilities.

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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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