American Educator: Winter 2004-2005

  • Preschool Pays

    High-Quality Early Education Would Save Billions Robert G. Lynch

    The youngest children suffer the highest poverty rates of any age group in the United States. Nearly one in five children under age 6 lives in poverty, and the number is rising.

    Poor children often have inadequate food, safety, shelter, and healthcare. In school, poor children too often...

  • The Benefits of High-Quality Early Education

    Robert G. Lynch

    Perry Preschool Project

    Description: The Perry Preschool Project (Ypsilanti, Mich., 1962-1967) was created in the early 1960s by David Weikart, the then-special education director of the Ypsilanti Public Schools, to see if grade retention and widespread school failure...

  • Extrapolating from One Program...

    Robert G. Lynch

    Making extrapolations from the Perry Preschool Project to a nationwide ECD program raises several questions. Do results from a program that operated in a small-town setting carry over to large urban, often inner-city environments where many poor children live today? Have the problems faced by...

  • Notebook

    Report Roundup: Three New Reports Answer Three Important Questions

    How Does Teacher Pay Compare?

    A new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that in terms of compensation, elementary and secondary teachers are being left behind other professionals. Reports on teachers' salaries come out rather frequently and tend to have mixed findings—...

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  • Ask the Cognitive Scientist

    Understanding ADHD

    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...

  • Snowflake Science

  • Reflections on the "Problem Novel"

    Do These Calamity-Filled Books Serve Up Too Much, Too Often, Too Early? Barbara Feinberg

    The day started out all right. I woke early and, still in my nightgown, walked out to the porch and began to paint the walls. I had never planned on doing this. The porch didn't need to be painted, and because of all its windows and high ceiling—not to mention the bicycles and muddy shoes and...

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: A Novel That Offers Pain, but Also Solace

    Barbara Feinberg

    One Saturday when I was 11 or 12, I asked my father to recommend a book for me, and he came back some time later, after having given it obvious careful thought. It turned out to be just the right book for me: a battered copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

    I picture...