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American Educator
Winter 1984


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Teacher Isolation: Barrier to Professionalism
By Susan J. Rosenholtz and Susan J. Kyle

Many teachers report little or no adult contact during their working day. And the isolation they experience is more than a physical one.

Textbook Honesty: The Case of the Missing Future
By Chester E. Finn, Jr.

A survey of social science textbooks reveals and excessively grim view of the future of humanity.

Changed Lives
A Twenty-Year Perspective on Early Education
By David P. Weikart

Less crime, less unemployment, more productive lives: A new landmark study provides compelling evidence that quality preschool education has an enduring effect.

The Unvarnished, Gospel Truth about Writing in School
By James Howard

Writing about it may still be the best way to learn a subject. And this need not mean endless hours of correcting papers.

The Uses of Error
By Angela Braestrup

Today's mistake need not be forever: Students can learn to analyze and prevent their errors.

Education for the Handicapped: The Developing Law
By Grace Belsches-Simmons and Patricia Lines

The courts have been busy settling disputes over the interpretation of federal law for the handicapped. Here's an update.

Manners at School
By Judith Martin

With her usual high-minded hilarity, Miss Manners directs her wit and wisdom to the task of civilizing the young.

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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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