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American Educator
Winter 1979


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A Moral Education
By William J. Bennett and Edwin J. Delattre

Moral education belongs in every part of the school curriculum and will be best achieved if teachers exemplify the values they hope to instill.

Education and the Reality Principle
By Bruno Bettelheim

Meaningful learning requires the ability to delay gratification; schools have yet to develop ways to teach low-income students this middle-class value.

Schools Can Make a Difference
How Well Students Succeed Depends On Which Schools They Attend
By Sarah Schmidt

A new British study shows that students' success in school depends on which schools they attend.

The Declining Character of American Youth
By Edward A. Wynne

American youth today show a dramatic decline in what has traditionally been called "character," and the nation's social policies affecting youth are partially to blame.

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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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