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American Educator
Winter 1992


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The Power of Thinking Mathematics
By Alice J. Gill and Lovely H. Billups

How many six-packs of soda will be needed to give twenty-four students and seven adults a can each at the class picnic? In a new approach to teaching math, first-graders are solving two-step problems like this one—and enjoying it.

Reach High
Building a Movement for Excellence
By John E. Jacob

The president of the National Urban League issues a clarion call for the highest standards of excellence and accomplishment for African-American children.

The Vocabulary Conundrum
By Richard C. Anderson and William E. Nagy

One of the most consistent findings of educational research is that having a large vocabulary is strongly associated with school success. But how many words do kids need to know and what is the best way to learn them?

U.S. Education: The Task Before Us
Improving the Traditional Model, Creating the New Model

After nearly ten years of education reform, where do we stand and what should we do? Here's an agenda for creating new kinds of schools and for vastly improving the ones we have.

Remembering the Forgotten Art of Memory
By Thomas E. Scruggs and Margo A. Mastropieri

"Memorizing" has gotten a bad name—some of it deserved; but the long-term retention of important factual information will always be part of the learning effort, and here are some techniques to help your students.

They Can But They Don't
Helping Students Overcome Work Inhibition
By Jerome H. Bruns

You'll recognize the profile: Students who are intellectually capable and well-behaved, but who seldom finish assignments or do homework. New research offers some insights.

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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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