This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores education issues for people with disabilities and is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which examines topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The concise, engaging presentational style emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.

Current Issues, Controversies, and Solutions

Current issues, controversies, and solutions
CherylHanley-Maxwell and LanaCollet-Klingenberg

The history of American education parallels and reflects America's changing social values and economic needs. In the 20th and 21st centuries, American educational systems have been challenged to respond to issues of equality and achievement, as Americans have sought to live up to the democratic ideals on which this nation was formed, as well as meet ongoing economic and defense needs (Benner, 1998). From the change to an industrial economy in the early 20th century to the emerging information and technological economy of the 21st century, American schools have been the primary mode for the transmission of cultural values and the preparation of children for adult roles as responsible citizens and workers. As described ...

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