This is an introductory experience for the professional teacher in a democratic society strand of the educational leadership program. This course will focus each learner’s deliberate consideration on issues regarding teaching in light of educational aims in a democratic society. Guided reading, intensive class discussions, focused writing, and critical dialogue with public school stakeholders provide a structure upon which each student is expected to craft a personal platform to guide her or his professional efforts and further development. Students consider teaching choices and practices through moral, social, philosophical, political, and cultural lenses. Students also consider historic and contemporary pressures on curriculum and on teaching, including the standards movement, the press for accountability, culturally responsive teaching in a pluralistic society, governance structures, and financial support (or lack thereof) for schooling. Cr 3.