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American Educator
Winter 1977


Table of Contents

To Test or Not to Test
By Elizabeth H. Brady

An examination of the educational testing controversy.

What Do Teachers Think about Testing?
By Robert D. Bhaerman

A survey of teachers' attitudes toward the use and abuse of standardized tests.

What Makes a Good Teacher
By Terrel H. Bell

Former U.S. Commissioner of Education shares his thoughts on teachers and teaching.

An American Educator's Fable
By Terry Lynn Nagle

Surmounting the obstacles on the road to teaching.

Exploring the New World of Public 'Pre School'
A photo essay by Susanne Anderson

A photo essay on early childhood education in the Washington, D.C., public schools.

Learning about Teaching
By William C. Miller

A compendium of what teachers learn in the classroom.

Pedagog Agog: Partly Cloudy, Occasional Showers
By Nate Fein

This month's column is contributed by Nate Fein, a retired teacher who recalls one of the eccentricities of the New York City schools in the 1940s.

Is Anything Happening Under Their Hair?
By John Sillick

A teacher's account of using daydreaming to get into the richness of kids' minds.


Notes on educational news.

A Question of Ethics

A scenario of a teacher being confronted with a question of ethics. Readers are invited to describe how they would handle this situation.

Teaching: An Impossible Profession
By Joseph Featherstone and Helen Featherstone

A comparison of Dan C. Lortie's new book, "Schoolteacher: A Sociological Study," with Willard Waller's classic of the 1930s, "The Sociology of Teaching."

What Do Kids Know about Government?

Survey finds students' lack of knowledge shocking.

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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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