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American Educator
Winter 1996-1997


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Core Knowledge Schools Take Root Across the Country

A specific, rigorous, common curriculum, and the kids are soaking it up.

The Washington Core Knowledge School: Ft. Collins, Colorado
By David Ruenzel

The waiting list at this school currently tops 200, with some parents trying to sign up their unborn children.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School: San Antonio, Texas

This inner-city school—predominantly Hispanic and 96% low-income—is outperforming the other 65 elementary schools in the San Antonio district.

Curtis Bay Elementary School: Baltimore, Maryland

A knowledge-packed curriculum changes dinner-time conversation, drawing parents into their children's school life.

Test Scores Rise, Enthusiasm Abounds

A larger study of achievement outcomes is underway; meanwhile, results from individual schools are encouraging.

Standard Curriculum Underestimates Students

Is there any child who finds this stuff interesting? Informative? Useful?

No More 'Mickey Mouse' Inservice

Core Knowledge teachers are demanding content-rich seminars on everything from chemistry to art appreciation and Russian history.

The Way Things Were

By Jack Schierenbeck

With attacks on teacher unionism the fashion of the day, it might be useful to recall what things were like before collective bargaining.

Children Helping Children

A class of first- and second-graders from Yonkers, New York, donate their lunch change to help the victims of child labor around the world.

Library: The Drama Within
A photographic essay by Diane Asséo Griliches

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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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