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American Educator
Summer 1996


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Merlyn's Magic ... and Ours
By Barbara Lerner

Merlyn's belief in the practical and transcendent power of knowledge served the future King Arthur well. The timeless wisdom of Merlyn's words applies to today's students, too.

Self-Esteem and Excellence: The Choice and the Paradox
By Barbara Lerner

Well-intentioned but misguided notions about self-esteem have become embedded in the culture of many schools. Do these notions help our students meet high academic and disciplinary standards—or hinder their efforts?

Should Schools Try to Boost Self-Esteem?
By Roy F. Baumeister

The very idea that high self-esteem could have bad consequences strikes some people as startling. But inflated self-esteem has been found to be related to above-average rates of interpersonal and psychological problems—including aggression and violence.

Children Without Childhoods
By Marcia Reecer

All over the developing world, as many as 200 million children are being used and abused in factories, fields, and workshops. There are things we can do to discourage this unspeakable practice.

Ethnicity and Adolescent Achievement
By Laurence Steinberg, with B. Bradford Brown and Sanford M. Dornbusch

An important new book argues that out-of-school factors have enormous, perhaps decisive influence on student achievement. This article examines the role ethnicity plays in student attitudes and performance.

Life with Mark
By Arch Puddington

The father of a severley handicapped child worries that a policy of "full inclusion" would have tragic consequences for his son.

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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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