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American Educator
Summer 1981


Table of Contents

The Founders and Our National Character
By John Agresto

Liberty and moral excellence are part of our national heritage. The task is binding the two together.

Schools and Democratic Values
By Sanford A. Lakoff

With care and sensitivity, educators can pass on to students the traditional values of our society—courage, honesty, and integrity—and still avoid the simplistic and unrealistic messages of indoctrination.

No Empty Heads, No Hollow Chests
By Edwin J. Delattre

In education, developing worthy and noble aspirations in the young means steering a course safely between rigid dogma and "value-neutral" attitudes that are devoid of moral guidance.

Public Education: America's Street of Gold
By Jay Sommer

The National Teacher of the Year explains why education remains this country's greatest source of economic and social mobility.

Education the Young for Citizenship
Philip N. Marcus

Educators should not be timid about expressing their judgments of moral and political standards, nor should they hesitate to guide students toward the goals of a stable society.

Team Learning: Bringing Virtue to the Classroom
By Edward A. Wynne

Traditional methods of grading students' work do little to develop "helping attitudes" among students, while team learning provides an effective approach to encouraging the practice of ethical behavior.

International Education in the Schools
By Peter Mitchell

An understanding of the impact of global events and foreign policy decisions on the lives of Americans is essential to preparing the young for responsible citizenship.

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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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