This course is intended for students contemplating a career in education. It is designed to provide information and a forum for discussion of American education. Among the topics covered are a brief history of American education, the learning environment, teachers, diverse learners (ethnically, economically, and different abilities), classroom management, and issues facing all schools. In addition, students will become generally familiar with the New York State Learning Standards. A required component of the course involves 20 supervised classroom contact hours.