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Berkman, Michael; Plutzer, Eric – American Educator, 2012
Although the level of controversy varies from one community to the next, biology teachers across the United States struggle to teach evolution. Some face pressure to teach both religious and scientific theories of human origins; others did not have adequate coursework on evolution during teacher preparation. As a result, many biology teachers are…
Descriptors: Evidence, Evolution, Biology, Climate
American Educator, 2012
In the high school history textbooks children read, too often they find that labor's role in American history--and labor's important accomplishments, which changed American life--are misrepresented, downplayed, or ignored. That is a tragedy because labor played (and continues to play) a key role in the development of American democracy and the…
Descriptors: United States History, High Schools, Textbooks, Democracy
Hakim, Joy – American Educator, 2002
Shows how physics, arguably the most confusing of the sciences, can be told as an interesting and informative tale of determination and discovery that even middle school students can grasp, presenting the story of the scientific detective work that eventually convinced the world that the atom existed. (SM)
Descriptors: Atomic Structure, Molecular Structure, Physics, Science Education
Welsh, Patrick – American Educator, 2002
A high school English teacher explains why after a long teaching career, he is still motivated to remain in the classroom, focusing on his use of literature to motivate students. This teacher believes that literature reveals more about humanity than theology, philosophy, psychology, or history ever can. He notes that it also teaches beauty and…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, Secondary Education, Student Motivation, Teacher Motivation
Trilling, Lionel – American Educator, 2002
Asserts that despite frequent attempts to barr it from the curriculum, "Huckleberry Finn," a testament to the possibility of interracial respect and friendship, is the most-taught piece of American literature in U.S. high schools. In this reprint of a 1948 introduction to the book, Lionel Trilling points to the novel's power of telling…
Descriptors: Moral Values, North American Literature, Racial Relations, Secondary Education
Winik, Lyric Wallwork – American Educator, 1996
Discusses what high school students are saying about disruptive students. Students expressed a desire for higher standards, for themselves and their peers, in the areas of both discipline and academics. However, students' standards for and expectations of their school are declining. (GR)
Descriptors: Behavior Standards, Classroom Environment, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems
Steinberg, Laurence – American Educator, 1996
Argues that out-of-school factors have enormous, perhaps decisive, influence on student achievement and examines the role ethnicity, parents, peers, and culture play in student attitudes and academic performance. Findings are presented based on survey data gathered from 20,000 high school students over a 3-year period. (GR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Influences, Educational Research, Ethnic Groups
Greene, Jane Fell – American Educator, 1998
Describes LANGUAGE, a literacy curriculum for students in middle and high schools, and the teacher retraining that prepares teachers for it. Curriculum components are outlined for a structured approach that incorporates phonemic awareness and whole language aspects. Program evaluations have supported the effectiveness of the curriculum. (SLD)
Descriptors: High School Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Intermediate Grades, Literacy Education
McDougall, Walter A. – American Educator, 2000
Suggest that it is important for students to be taught about multi-cultural history, but in order to ensure that multi-cultural education is a glue, rather than a solvent, of U.S. community, there must be dedicated, knowledgeable, and honest teaching that reveals to students the ways in which all human beings are alike. (SM)
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Higher Education
Usiskin, Zalman – American Educator, 1995
Explains the importance of students learning algebra, and provides examples of how it can benefit them in typical life encounters. The article reveals how algebra quantifies relationships between quantities, basic algebraic structures, and its importance in the deductive process. Several algebra problems that illustrate these points are presented.…
Descriptors: Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Concepts
Wattenberg, Ruth – American Educator, 1996
Provides European evidence supporting the notion that high academic standards and knowledge of the importance of education can help average students excel in school. A typical, average 9th- and 10th-grade test is provided to illustrate what average students can achieve under educational systems designed to elicit the best from all. (GR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Improvement, Educational Principles
Taliaferro, Philip, III; Shirooni, Lucinda C. – American Educator, 1996
Describes one teacher's successful efforts to free herself from a disruptive, threatening student by using the law. The Cook versus Bray case illustrates that teachers do not have to tolerate students who ride roughshod over the rights of other students or teachers when the school administration chooses not to protect them. (GR)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Discipline Problems, High School Students, Juvenile Courts
Armstrong, William H. – American Educator, 1998
Explains the importance of listening to the learner and why it is probably the most active work any learner is called upon to do. Also provides suggestions for the student in how to become a better listener in the classroom and in the lecture hall. (GR)
Descriptors: Aural Learning, Listening Skills, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students
Powell, Arthur G. – American Educator, 1997
Describes the home-grown system of external educational standards and incentives that were created in the early 20th century by college prep schools and the impact this system had on how teachers taught and students learned. Discussions include how standards were used as curricular frameworks and the creation and influence of the College Board…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Bound Students, College Preparation, Educational History
Sticht, Thomas G. – American Educator, 2000
Describes how the military fights against illiteracy, suggesting military methods are useful in teaching young adult civilians. Highlights: the origins of functional context education in the military; work toward literacy in the Vietnam war era; applications to teaching civilians; and the K-12 education system. Functional context education can…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Higher Education
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