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American Educator
Summer 1984


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The 'Unsacred' Texts
Market Forces That Work Too Well
By Denis P. Doyle

The problem with textbooks, says the author, reflects the deeper uncertainties in our culture. As a society, we have lost sight of what it is we want our children to learn.

How Is a Turtle Like a Frog?
By Bonnie B. Armbruster

After reviewing numerous textbooks, this writer concludes that too many of them are often confusing, boring, and inaccurate.

Choosing Textbooks
Reflections of a State Board President
By Michael W. Kirst

The man whose responsibility it once was to sign off on over $100 million in textbook purchase orders gives a candid account of the problems with the textbook adoption process.

Let's Dance
Alvin Ailey Leads the Way for Blind and Visually Impaired Youngsters
A photo essay by Karen Preuss

Your Castle for Ours
Finding a Home across the Atlantic
By Williams Sanders

It's not too early to start planning for next summer's vacation. Here's how one teacher family traded its house ... for one in Ireland.

The New Research
How Effective Teachers Teach
By Lovely H. Billups and Marilyn Rauth

Instead of imagining what ought to work, researchers during the last decade have gone into classrooms and observed effective teachers. Here are some of their findings on classroom management and group dynamics.

Aristides' Lifetime Reading Plan
By Aristides (Joseph Epstein)

Everyone with bookmarks in unfinished books take comfort: You are not alone.

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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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