American Educator: Fall 2006

  • The Neglected Muse

    Why Music Is an Essential Liberal Art Peter Kalkavage

    "Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul."

    –Plato

    Music transcends the classroom, the concert stage, and professional recordings. It pervades life. Mankind has long used music in all...

  • Notebook

    No Child Left Behind: Let's Get It Right

    New Reports on Supplemental Educational Services and Testing Point to Major Opportunities for Fixing the Law's Problems

    NCLB's Supplemental Educational Services: Good Idea, Bad Execution

    When children are below grade level and struggling with their school work,...

  • Ask the Cognitive Scientist

    "Brain-Based" Learning: More Fiction Than Fact

    How does the mind work—and especially how does it learn? Teachers' instructional decisions are based on a mix of theories learned in teacher education, trial and error, craft knowledge, and gut instinct. Such gut knowledge often serves us well, but is there anything sturdier to rely on?...

  • How Neuroscience Could Help...

    By Detecting Learning Disabilities Early Daniel T. Willingham

    I have expressed doubt about the possibility that neuroscientific findings will prove useful in designing classroom instruction in the near future. I am quite optimistic, however, that neuroscience will be successfully applied to another important educational problem—the identification of...

  • Wynton Marsalis on America's Musical Classics

    What They Are and Why We Need to Share Them with Our Kids

    Wynton Marsalis, the jazz trumpeter who has won nine Grammy Awards, is known internationally as a musician of the highest caliber and as artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. But there is another role that he takes just as seriously as being a performer: being an educator. From one-on...

  • Farewell, Andy

  • Balancing the Educational Agenda

  • Motivating Young Minds

  • Minority Students and Parents See More Problems