American Educator: Summer 2003

  • Notebook

    Revamping Teacher Prep or Professional Development for Elementary Teachers? Try this.

    For more than a decade, the American Federation of Teachers has been a strong supporter of academic standards. But as the standards movement progressed from an idea at the state level to a reality in the classroom, everyone noticed some serious wrinkles in implementation. One common concern...

  • Thin Gruel

    How the Language Police Drain the Life and Content from Our Texts Diane Ravitch

    The word censorship refers to the deliberate removal of language, ideas, and books from the classroom or library because they are deemed offensive or controversial. The definition gets fuzzier, however, when making a distinction between censorship and selection. Selection is not...

  • Banned Words, Images, and Topics

    A Glossary That Runs from the Offensive to the Trivial

    Diane Ravitch collected more than 20 sets of guidelines produced by state departments of education, textbook publishers, test developers, educational research organizations, and other interest groups. The guidelines ban words, usages, and written and pictorial images from various educational...

  • Excised by the Language Police!

    Items Deleted from a Doomed Fourth-Grade Reading Test

    Most of the work of the language police goes on behind securely closed doors. In her book, Ravitch relies largely on caches of private documents that became public thanks to court cases.

    But as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), charged by President...

  • At the Starting Line

    Early Childhood Education Programs in the 50 States Darion Griffin, Giselle Lundy-Ponce

    High-quality early childhood education programs provide young children with experiences that promote healthy cognitive and social development and the basis for thriving in school. Families with economic resources often purchase such education for their children—usually in the form of high-...

  • At the Starting Line: Tables

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    Enrollment Priorities for Preschool Children with Disadvantaged Backgrounds1

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  • Content Matters

    Content matters in early childhood education. As was detailed in American Educator's last issue, poor children reach age 3 having heard...

  • Now That I'm Here

    What America's Immigrants Have to Say about Life in the U.S. Today Ann Duffett, Jean Johnson, Leslie Moye, Jackie Vine

    Now That I'm Here, a new poll of America's immigrants, comes at a time when the American public as a whole appears to be rethinking the country's openness to immigration. Surveys over the last decade suggest that the public has consistently held mixed views about immigrants. People are...

  • Ask the Cognitive Scientist

    Students Remember ... What They Think About Daniel T. Willingham

    Issue: The teacher presents a strong, coherent lesson in which a set of significant facts is clearly connected to a reasonable conclusion. But, at test time, the students show no understanding of the connections. Some students parrot back the conclusion, but no facts. Others...

  • Thinking about September 11

    Defining Terrorism and Terrorists Jean Bethke Elshtain

    In the aftermath of September 11, most of the world saw the attackers and the attacks for what they were: terrorists and terrorism. But in some quarters there was less clarity. Notably, the Reuters News Agency asked its reporters to avoid both words, arguing, in...