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Introduction “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” -Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Experiencing Education is designed to introduce the beginning student to the field of education. Its perspective on education comes from the Latin root educere, to draw out, to lead forth; thus, it is not a book to be read and memorized; it is meant to be experienced as a compilation of “vignettes” designed to expose future educators to the power of knowledge, the discoveries of the past, and the tenacity to acquire further knowledge by his/her own effort. As we prepare future educators in the 21 st century and beyond for the rewards and challenges of educating society, it is important for us to remember that learners are not mere receptacles to be filled with information. We are charged with providing the impetus for inspiration, thus “directing their power toward good ends.” As the shortage of qualified teachers for our schools looms, we remain cognizant of our need to recruit and prepare potential teachers from our talented Teacher Cadets. As they delve into the pages of the curriculum, it is our hope that they truly “experience education” that either leads to the development of highly effective, accomplished teachers for our nation’s classrooms or lifelong advocates for the education of all children. Organization of the Text Experiencing Education is presented in three units: Experiencing Learning, Experiencing the Classroom, and Experiencing the Teaching Profession. Experiencing Learning Experiencing the Classroom Experiencing the Teaching Profession Helps students become better acquainted with themselves as individuals, learners, and community members; appreciate the diversity of others; and examine the various stages of learners Helps students become acquainted with the personal and professional roles of educators Helps students develop a greater understanding of the history of education in our state and nation; gain insights into the structure and functions of our schools and school systems; learn the steps to teacher and educator certification; reflect on the teaching profession and think systematically about it; and recognize the significance of teacher leadership and advocacy for the profession v