RCSSCI 365 - Excellence, Equity, and the Politics of Education
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Excellence for all … or excellence for some? Can schools function as the “great equalizer”? A reading-intensive course, this seminar focuses on the broad issue of educational equity over the past 100 years, explored within the context of the many goals of American schooling. In particular, readings and discussions will assess: (1) the social distribution of educational resources, opportunities and outcomes; (2) the role of school structure and organization in reproducing and reinforcing prevailing economic, political, and social relationships; and (3) the potential contradictions between the societal functions of schooling and the professed goals of educators. Class time will follow a seminar format with student requirements including extensive readings and active participation/leadership in class discussions, and four short (5-7 page) essays. Readings will be drawn from a coursepack and such texts as:

  • Bowles & Gintis (1976), Schooling in Capitalist America.
  • Carnoy (2001), School Vouchers: Examining the Evidence
  • Entwisle, Alexander, & Olson (1997), Children, Schools, & Inequality
  • Kozol (1991), Savage Inequalities
  • Lee & Burkam (2002), Inequality at the Starting Gate
  • Oakes (1985), Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality
  • Powel, Farrar, & Cohen (1985), The Shopping Mall High School
  • Rasell & Rothstein, (1993), School Choice: Examining the Evidence
Enrollment: 20 students Course Prerequisites: Sophomore or above status (or permission of instructor).

RCSSCI 365 - Excellence, Equity, and the Politics of Education
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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