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American Educator
Summer 1990


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Creating a Profession of Teaching
The Role of National Board Certification

Within several years, America's teachers will be able to sit for National Board Certification, an option now available to physicians and other professionals. This certification—the broad standards for which are set forth here—will bring new status to teaching. But the potential of Board Certification to transform American education goes far beyond this.

Desegregating Delaware's Professional Days
The Role of the AFT
By Ben Stahl

We mark the start of the AFT's 75th anniversary year—and the union's role in desegregating education—with this account of how the Wilmington Federation of Teachers spurred desegregation in Delaware.

The Ways and Hows of the Multi-Age Primary Classroom
By Kathleen Cushman

A growing consensus says young students should not be age segregated into single-grade classes. But are these multi-age classes really teachable?

The Worksite School
By Ellen Hoffman

In Dade County, Florida, schools based at parents' worksites benefit parents, employers, the school district, and students.

How Worksite Schools and Other School Reforms Can Generate Social Capital
An interview with James Coleman

The social bonds that once tied children into communities of adults—into neighborhoods and extended families—are eroding. Worksite schools and other school reforms suggest how we can rebuild these networks of adult support.

And Then They Asked for Hamlet
Getting to Thanatopsis
By David McGrath

In this "And Then They Asked for Hamlet" account, a teacher discusses how he moved his students from dread of poetry to appreciation of it.

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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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