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American Educator
Summer 1983


Table of Contents

Who's Minding Our Kids?
A Defense of the Traditional Family
By Rita Kramer

The traditional family—with mother in place—remains the best setting to nurture self-confidant and well-adjusted children.

Children and the Welfare State
The Changing Role of Families
By Mary Jo Bane

The way we care for children and other dependent family members has not changed nearly as much as we might have thought, but there is cause for concern that the personal element of caring not be lost.

Feminism and Family
The Radical Rhetoric Put the Two on a Collision Course
By Jean Bethke Elshtain

Radical feminism's call to abandon traditional family roles has done women a disservice and has failed to address the real dilemmas that are facing family members today, including economic problems.

Teaching Hands
A photo essay by Betsy K. Frampton

Defusing Discipline Problems
Schools Must Spell Out the Rules—and Enforce Them
By Edward A. Wynne

The key to solving discipline problems includes not only spelling out clear codes of behavior but alerting youngsters to the consequences of breaking the rules.

The Japan Gap
A Country Moves Ahead—but at What Price?
By Herman Arthur

The gains made by Japan since World War II may have much to do with the strong motivational forces that pervade its education system. But is it a system that the United States can or should emulate?

The Education of James Michener
By James A. Michener

America's system of free public education was instrumental in setting this author on a course of lifelong creating thinking.

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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.

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