A study of public education from a cultural/historical foundations approach including an understanding of American educational goals. Focus is on history of education in the United States as well as current issues in education from multiple perspectives. A small group semester-long project that involves the development of a plan to improve schooling is a major focus for this course. In addition, there are other specific off-campus observations and a tutoring assignment that require a considerable time commitment outside of class both during the day and the evening. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.