This is a survey course that investigates the philosophical, historical, and social/cultural character of education in the United States. It is intended to be an examination of how schools function organizationally. Discussions will include the role of education, system philosophy, and trends that have shaped contemporary education; field observations are included. This course is a concentration requirement for both Special Education and Education associate degree programs; while it is intended to be the first in a series of learning experiences for those interested in careers as teachers, it also fulfills a Social Science elective requirement. This course includes field study.