American Educator: Spring 2001

  • Parenting: The Lost Art

    Kay S. Hymowitz

    Last fall the Federal Trade Commission released a report showing what most parents already knew from every trip down the aisle of Toys R Us and every look at prime time television: Entertainment companies routinely market R-rated movies, computer games, and music to children. The highly...

  • The Parent as Career Coach

    Kay S. Hymowitz

    There is one exception to today's parents' overall vagueness about their job description: They know they want their children to develop impressive résumés. This is what William Doherty, professor of family science at the University of Minnesota, calls "parenting as product development...

  • Why Geography Matters

    Walter A. McDougall

    I suppose I am an old-fashioned teacher. My subject—diplomatic history and international relations—could not be further removed from the avant-garde of post-modern cultural studies. My methodology is traditional, centering on the critical interpretation of documentary evidence and the logic of...

  • A Tribute to Jeanne Chall

    Diane Ravitch, Marilyn Jager Adams, Nancy Rae Neill, Wiley Blevins, Linda K. Rath

    In one of the tributes that follows, a longtime friend and associate recalls how Jeanne Chall believed being a teacher was the most important job: "She delighted in telling how, when she became a professor of education and director of the Reading Laboratory at Harvard University, her mother...

  • Jeanne Chall's Last Book

    E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

    The Academic Achievement Challenge is 185 pages long. Written in a clear, even-tempered style, it can be read in one or two sittings. It deserves to become as important to teachers as the best-selling anxiety-soother by Harry K. Wong, The First Days of School. Chall's book is...

  • Teaching Vocabulary

    Early, Direct, and Sequential Andrew Biemiller

    During the past 10 years, Jeanne Chall [see A Tribute to Jeanne Chall, in this issue] encouraged me to focus on the study of vocabulary and how vocabulary growth might be encouraged. Both of us had come to the conclusion...

  • Real Heroes

    Dennis Denenberg

    William Penn was an obsession for Elaine Peden, the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine reported in 1991. Peden had devoted enormous time and energy to promoting recognition of Pennsylvania's founder. In 1984, she had persuaded Congress to extend honorary United States citizenship to both...