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American Educator
Winter 1990


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National Curriculum, American Style
Can It Be Done? What Might It Look Like?
By Marshall S. Smith, Jennifer O'Day, and David K. Cohen

Are we headed towards a national curriculum? Should we be troubled by this? The authors suggest how we can get the benefits of a national curriculum while retaining much faculty freedom and local control.

America the Multicultural
By Robert J. Cottrol

America is what it is—its culture and democratic institutions are what they are—because our population has been comprised of so many people from so many different cultures and races. The story of how such a multicultural society came to be is a central one for our students to learn. And given the terrible condition of multiculturalism elsewhere (Lebanon, the Soviet Union, South Africa...), this country's relatively successful story has much to tell the world.

Chaos on Sesame Street
Does This Carnival of Images Help Students Read?
By Jane M. Healy

This flagship of educational television may be giving children all the wrong lessons. And it may be giving the worst lessons to those children who need good lessons the most.

A Glimpse at Teaching Conditions in Top Private Schools
By Arthur G. Powell

Independent private schools emphasize the personalized education they give their students, and they try to combine teacher authority with a strong school "head." What do these tendencies mean for teacher working conditions?

And Then They Asked for Hamlet
Turned on by Tutoring
By Carol Pino

In this Hamlet account, teacher Carol Pino describes how she turned reluctant readers—her ninth-grade reading improvement students—into enthusiastic, effective tutors of grade school children. Unfortunately, the experience didn't also turn her students into better readers. But she offers ideas about how it could.

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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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