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American Educator
Winter 1983


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Can Merit Pay Work in Education?
Research Shows It's Difficult—and Risky
By Daphne Siev White

A review of merit pay plans used in the business world shows that, given the right ingredients, such plans can work, but they are fraught with pitfalls.

Master Teachers in the Schools
Tennessee's Dramatic Plan to Promote Excellence
By Lamar Alexander

The governor of Tennessee explains how his master teacher proposal can improve the quality of education and give substantial raises to most teachers.

Education's Troubled Crusade
By Dennis P. Doyle

The reform movements in education since 1945 generated important social and educational achievements, but they lacked maturity and foresight.

What Happened to Respectability?
The Rise and Fall of a Social Norm
By Robert Erwin

The cultural revolutions of the sixties and seventies have overthrown that reliable social norm, respectability, and left in their wake a moral wilderness.

The City as School
A photo essay by Earl Dotter

The American High School
Vignettes of Success and Failure
By Ernest L. Boyer

A visit to some high school classrooms reveals the frustrations, inadequacies—and successes—of our secondary education system.

Reading: The New Debate
Jeanne Chall Talks about Phonics and Children's Books
An interview by Harriet T. Bernstein

An interview with reading expert Jeanne Chall reveals that while many questions about reading have been resolved, the debate is far from over.

Parliamentary Procedure
How to Bring the Principles of Democracy to Life
By Joan M. Janaro

Instruction in parliamentary procedure is an obvious, but often overlooked, way to instill in students the principles of democracy.

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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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