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American Educator
Winter 1981


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The Principles of Leadership
By James Bond Stockdale

History, classical literature, and philosophy reveal the underlying principles of good leadership that can be instilled in others through education. Although the road to achieving this contains some painful lessons, it is one that will serve well our quest to develop leadership qualities.

Reaching Out
A photo essay by Betsy K. Frampton

Students learn responsibility first hand by volunteering their services at two Baltimore hospitals and working with patients and staff.

Responsibility: A Selection of Materials for Teaching Traditional Values

The first of four special supplements to American Educator on teaching traditional values in the classroom focuses on responsibility. Included in this issue's supplement are excerpts from books, stories, news articles, poems, and other sources that form the basis of classroom discussion on responsible behavior and attitudes.

Youth Participation
The Key to Responsibility
By Mary Conway Kohler

We can no longer deny young people and immediate, responsible role in our society. The benefits of such productive participation far outweigh the risks.

Americans and the Work Ethic

A collection of surveys recently published by Public Opinion magazine reveals a wide range of attitudes about work, success, and work satisfaction. One factor that has emerged that may affect American attitudes toward work is the changing demographics of society, including the increasing number of women in the work force.

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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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