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American Educator
Summer 1987


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Education for Democracy
A Statement of Principles

Have we been too casual in attending to the next generation's understanding and appreciation of democracy? There is cause for concern—and now a growing consensus regarding what we can do about it.

Democracy's Untold Story
How World History Textbooks Shortchange Our Students
By Paul Gagnon

A review of the five most frequently used world history textbooks concludes that, over, they "leave the story of democracy largely untold. ... It's origins, adventures, needs, and significance are nowhere systematically presented."

The Asian Advantage
The Case of Mathematics
By Harold W. Stevenson

Why are Japanese and Chinese children leaving their American counterparts far behind on a broad range of mathematical abilities? The author explores some common myths and describes some stunning differences in attitude, curriculum, and classroom activities.

Ability Grouping and Its Alternatives: Must We Track?
By Robert E. Slavin

In an extensive review of the research, the author finds that the most commonly used form of ability grouping is also the least effective and potentially the most destructive. But there are more promising ways of dealing with student differences.

How to Talk So Students Will Listen and Listen So Students Will Talk
By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

The authors of a widely acclaimed book on parent-child communications show how the same skills can be used in the classroom to engage students' cooperation and to foster self-discipline and autonomy.

Censoring the Sources
By Barbara Cohen

In the textbook adaptation of her book for young children, a writer fights to keep in the religious references she feels are essential to the story's meaning and integrity.

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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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