August/September 1997

Teacher, Vol. 09, Issue 01
School & District Management Beating The Bullies
A 5th grader terrorizes a smaller boy on the playground. A middle school girl, physically mature for her age, stands up to speak, and her classmates begin "mooing." Sixth grade girls spread malicious rumors about a loner in their class.
Debra Viadero, September 1, 1997
7 min read
School & District Management State of Contentment
Entering Hoover Elementary School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is like stepping back in time: back to before the Vietnam War, the Kennedy assassination--back 30 or 40 years. The school is spick-and-span, on a street lined with maple trees and pleasant houses with lamps in picture windows. The children, virtually all of them white, wear clean, tucked-in shirts, say thank you and no thank you, and don't talk during class. Teachers tend to stand in front of the room giving instructions in short, swift declarative sentences. They never have to yell; their plain Midwestern voices have natural carry. The students sit at their neat desks transcribing the teachers' parsed words. They pretty much do what they're told with little fuss. When a teacher glares at a girl chewing gum, the girl simply folds it into a wad of paper, drops it into the wastebasket, and resumes taking notes.
David Ruenzel, September 1, 1997
30 min read
Curriculum Sisters in Arms
Vaughn, New Mexico, is a dry, dusty hamlet on the high plains about 100 miles east of Albuquerque. Once a thriving railroad junction, Vaughn now has the faded look of a town that's barely hanging on.
David Hill, September 1, 1997
34 min read
Teacher Preparation Design For Change
An interstate alliance is building a system for licensing teachers.
Ann Bradley, September 1, 1997
4 min read
Early Childhood Findings
TV's Bright Side: In the early 1980s, researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst studied 650 preschoolers who watched educational TV programs at home.
Debra Viadero, September 1, 1997
4 min read
Teaching Profession The NEA's Prime Minister
Baptist preacher fights for the separation of church and state
Ann Bradley, September 1, 1997
4 min read
Law & Courts Employing Race
When a district dismissed a good white teacher to maintain racial balance, did it violate her rights?
Mark Walsh, September 1, 1997
2 min read
School Climate & Safety For More Information
Bully-Proofing Your School
September 1, 1997
1 min read
Teaching Profession Feldman Takes Center Stage
In her first major speech since becoming president of the American Federation of Teachers, Sandra Feldman called on members to "get out front and center on turning around or shutting down failing schools."
September 1, 1997
1 min read
School Climate & Safety The Facts About Bullying
Researchers who have studied bullying have reached the following common conclusions
Debra Viadero, September 1, 1997
1 min read
School Climate & Safety The Bus Ride
Following is a sample lesson from Bullyproof: A Teacher's Guide on Teasing and Bullying for Use With Fourth and Fifth Grade Students
September 1, 1997
1 min read
Education Current Events
After a spirited two-and-a-half hour debate, the representative assembly of the National Education Association voted in July to allow its members to evaluate one another's job performance, a practice known as peer review and something the union has long opposed.
September 1, 1997
8 min read
Law & Courts Back In The Classroom
Public school teachers will be heading back into religious schools this fall to provide remedial classes to needy students, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of a 1985 decision that had relegated such services to mobile vans and other sites.
Mark Walsh, September 1, 1997
3 min read
Budget & Finance Your Message Here
The school district in Grapevine, Texas, is open for business.
Jessica L. Sandham, September 1, 1997
5 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Letters
It was gratifying to see Hoover Street School in "Reel Lives" [May/June]. I commend Laura Angelica Simon. It is an important achievement on her part to make an award-winning film.
September 1, 1997
9 min read
Education For Adults Only?
Most Americans would probably accept without question that the primary purpose of public schools is to educate all children to the highest level possible.
Ronald A. Wolk, September 1, 1997
3 min read
Teaching Profession A Statistical Snapshot
She is white, 43 years old, and makes $35,549 a year. That, at a glance, is a portrait of the average American teacher, according to survey data released this summer by the National Education Association.
Jeff Archer, September 1, 1997
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Restroom Relief
Concerns about safety prompt unusual measures
Jessica L. Sandham, September 1, 1997
3 min read
Teaching Profession The Rest of The Story
The 10 o'clock news on WMAQ television opened at a snappy pace. The lead story trumpeted new charges that Chicago police were taking bribes from drug dealers.
Drew Lindsay, September 1, 1997
27 min read
Education Opinion Killed By Kindness
The murder of Jonathan Levin has weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of many this summer, not least of all teachers.
Eva Ostrum, February 23, 1997
5 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion Character Education
Lately, it seems, schools are suffering a new plague--one of our own making. Administrators, eager to spur values instruction, are showering teachers with questionnaires. What formal training have you had in values education? Do you belong to organizations that propagate values?
Catherine Bell, September 4, 1996
5 min read