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Doyle, Denis P. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
The problem with textbooks reflects the deeper uncertainties in our culture. As a society, we have lost sight of what it is we want our children to learn. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Social Influences, Social Values, Textbook Content
Armbruster, Bonnie B. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Basal reading, science, and social studies textbooks for elementary school students are too often stilted, boring, inaccurate, and/or confusing. If the children are to enjoy learning, textbook content and quality must be improved. (GC)
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Elementary Education, Social Studies, Textbook Content
Kirst, Michael W. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
The author recounts his experiences in the textbook adoption process during his tenure on the California State Board of Education from 1975 to 1981. The focus on legal criteria (such as the reflection of cultural or racial diversity or print and page size), he argues, too often overrides concern with quality of the books' contents. (GC)
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Elementary Secondary Education, State Boards of Education, State Standards
Dunne, Faith – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
A number of forces steer talented undergraduates away from the choice of teaching as a profession. Both liberal arts colleges and professional educators have helped their brightest students to view precollege teaching as a career that is legitimate only for those who can't aspire to more prosperous fields. (KH)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, College Students, Elementary Secondary Education
Schneider, William – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Argues that consumers of public education are more satisfied with it than is the public at large. Both groups agree, however, that the major problems in the schools are a result of broad social change. (CMG)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Majority Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction
Kramer, Rita – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
The traditional family atmosphere provides the best setting for the nurturing of children and the building of their character. (Author/AOS)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Rearing, Childhood Needs, Children
Bane, Mary Jo – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
As women become more independent, the responsibility for family care of children and elderly dependents is being shared by public or private out of home services. It is important, however, that the personal element of care not be lost. (Author/AOS)
Descriptors: Adult Foster Care, Children, Day Care, Employed Women
Elshtain, Jean Bethke – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
Radical feminism has done a disservice in its call to women to abandon their traditional family roles. Rather than deny women the meaning that traditional female roles provide, feminists should seek to break down societal values that downgrade these roles and to create a better social environment for family life. (Author/AOS)
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Females, Feminism, Sex Role
Wynne, Edward – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
Suggests that the way to curb discipline problems in schools might be both to clearly spell out rules and to alert students to penalties that go with violating them. (AOS)
Descriptors: Behavior Standards, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Elementary Secondary Education
Moline, Jon – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
Reviews "The Moral of the Story: Literature, Values, and American Education," by Susan Resneck Parr. Discusses the problem that teachers face when dealing with moral themes in literature taught in the classroom. (GC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English Curriculum, Ethical Instruction, Literature
Cahn, Steven M. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1982
Since teaching is a creative endeavor, there are no infallible guides to success. Good instruction, however, typically involves four elements: motivation, organization, clarification, and generalization. Furthermore, a great teacher is one who projects a vision of excellence. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics
Edelman, Rob – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
Examines various movies produced since the mid-1930s, for their characterization of schoolteachers. Points out pervasive stereotypical images in the public conception of what teachers are like. (GC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Films, Public Opinion, Teacher Stereotypes
White, Daphne Siev – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
Developing a pay-for-performance plan is deceptively difficult because pay is one-dimensional while human behavior is multidimensional. In designing a plan, it is necessary to define precisely the aspects of peformance to be evaluated, set acceptable performance levels and fair standards, and ensure that evaluation is impartial. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Literature Reviews
Cahn, Steven M. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1981
Describes a general decline in educational standards from the elementary school through the graduate institution. Draws on the writings of Jacques Barzun and Alfred North Whitehead to chart an educational course that makes rigorous demands on students. (APM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational History, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs
Ravitch, Diane – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1981
Reflects on the development of secondary school standards and their alleged decline as evidenced by declining college admission test scores. Reviews recent educational research which suggests that teachers and school officials need to have higher expectations of students if they are to learn effectively. (APM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational History, Educational Improvement, Educational Research
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