American Schools, American Teachers: Issues and Perspectives provides a history and social commentary of education in the United States, as well as in-depth discussions about current issues. This text presents foundational aspects of education using a thought-provoking issues approach. This is a book about ideas that need to be considered, thought about, and discussed. The text is organized in three sections. The first addresses historical perspectives and covers background issues such as Plato and Rousseau, the history of U.S. schooling, and the history of teachers. The second addresses teacher and classroom issues and deals with issues teachers encounter in the classrooms: girls and boys; race; urban, multicultural, and multilingual education; and special education. The final section addresses broader, “invisible” issues that affect education such as classroom control, the structure of education, testing, the effects of politics and popular culture, and school choice. It rests on general assumptions we find in our past, that provide general themes that reoccur in our history. The text begins with ancient Greece and ends with issues of testing, computers, privatizing schools, and George W. Bush.