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Rites of Passage
How Children Learn the Principles of Community
By Joseph Adelson
Concepts like freedom of speech and the rule of the majority are widely accepted and understood by most citizens in democratic nations. But how do children, as they mature in their adolescent yeas, actually "learn" these principles? An important new study reveals some startling insights into how adolescents develop understanding about government, laws, the community, and the tenets of democracy.
Changing Course at the Humanities Endowment
An interview with William J. Bennett
In an interview with American Educator, William J. Bennett, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, talks about the kinds of programs that will win—and fail to win—the Endowment's support and endorsement.
Compassion: A Selection of Materials for Teaching Traditional Values
The second of four special supplements to American Educator on teaching traditional values in the classroom focuses on compassion. Included are excerpts from books, poems, speeches, stories, and other sources that form the basis of classroom discussion on compassionate behavior and attitudes.
The Defense Connection
The Growing Role of the Military in University Science Research
By David Monagan
As federal funding for science research becomes more scarce, the higher education community is looking increasingly to the Department of Defense for funds, sparking new controversy over the role of military-related research on American campuses.
The Parent Revolution
By Joan Janaro
The era of permissive parenting and "open education" is coming to a close; it is time now for parents to reassert their authority in the family unit through "loving discipline."
Before the Court
The Supreme Court Looks at Key Education Issues
By Lawrence Poltrock
Some important cases affecting education and teacher organizations are now before the U.S. Supreme Court. They involve such issues as censorship, discrimination, and busing.
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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.