Examines theory, research and practices relating to critical issuesfaced by educators today. Discusses contemporary concerns inAmerican and global education. National and local initiatives ineducation, the evolving relationship between schools andcommunities, impacts of public policy on the educational enterprise,and current social, political, economic and legal issues influencingschools are explored from American and global perspectives.Evaluates the future of education in both industrial and developingcountries including growth of learning needs and inequities bothwithin and between countries. Emphasizes problem identification,analysis and remediation, with the latter focusing on 'best of breed'innovative practices.