The American School/Introduction< The American School
This book is the result work by undergraduate students in an introductory course labeled The American School
offered at Northern Michigan University. The focus of the course was to engage non-educators in authentic
discussions about American schooling. Our goal for the project was to develop a means to facilitate thought and
reflection on what schools are for. The undergraduates involved in this project chose topics of interest to them
and related to them to a school environment. They viewed the topics as members of the community who would
like to support and question what schools do. These papers led to the formation of school mission and goal
statements used to engage current and former principals and superintendents in a discussion on the “ideal”
school environment. The work presented in writing and in the final presentations went through the peer review
process. We encourage you to comment on the topics these undergraduates chose to research and present.
Any additions to what the American school is or has to offer will only further help to facilitate our ongoing
discussion of how the public can help shape our educational system.