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American Educator
Summer 1994


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High Standards for All
The Struggle for Equality in the American High School Curriculum, 1890–1990
By Jeffrey Mirel and David Angus

Between 1982 and 1990, the percentage of minority students taking three years of high school math and science rose dramatically, from 10 percent to 41 percent of black students and from 6 percent to a third of Hispanic students. And the dire predictions that higher academic standards would lead to an increase in the dropout rate were turned upside down.

Warriors Don't Cry
A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
By Melba Pattillo Beals

In 1957, when the author was 15 years old, she and eight other black teenagers were the first to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. In this excerpt from her powerful new book, Beals gives a first-person account of the segregationists' brutal campaign of taunts, threats, and violence—and the incredible courage and determination of these heroic youngsters.

How School Materials Teach about the Middle East
By Barry Rubin

How adequately do high school world affairs textbooks convey to students the struggle for and the condition of democracy around the world?

What Students Were Reading 100 Years Ago
Selections from Classic American Readers
By Jeanne S. Chall

The children's readers used a century ago were considerably more challenging and demanding—with more sophisticated content and more difficult selections—than those in use today. Here's a firsthand look.

The Neglected Heart
The Emotional Dangers of Premature Sexual Involvement
By Thomas Lickona

In discussions of sex, much is said about the dangers of pregnancy and disease—but far less about the emotional hazards. Vague generalities, such as "you're too young," provide insufficient guidance.

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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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