RCSSCI 365 - Excellence, Equity, and the Politics of Education
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, SS
Repeatability:
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 essays (5-7 pages) with revisions.

Readings will be drawn from a coursepack and such texts as:

  • Bowles & Gintis (1976), Schooling in Capitalist America
  • Entwisle, Alexander, & Olson (1997), Children, Schools, & Inequality
  • Kozol (1991), Savage Inequalities
  • Oakes (1985), Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality
  • Powel, Farrar, & Cohen (1985), The Shopping Mall High School
  • Rothstein (2004), Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap
  • Witte (2001), The Market Approach to Education: An Analysis of America's First Voucher Program

Course Prerequisites: Sophomore status or above.

RCSSCI 365 - Excellence, Equity, and the Politics of Education
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
45654
Open
2
 
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill Copying, 611 Church St.
Note:
The following texts are required for this course: 
 
1. Carnoy, Jacobsen, Michel, & Rothstein (2005). The Charter School Dust-Up. Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute. 
 
2. Entwisle, Alexander, & Olson (1997). Children, Schools, & Inequality. Boulder: Westview Press. 
 
3. Kozol (1991). Savage Inequalities. New York: Crown Publishers. 
 
4. Oakes (1985). Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality. New Haven: Yale University Press. [NOTE: The 1985 edition is OK. No need to buy the revised 2005 edition.] 
 
5. Powel, Farrar, & Cohen (1985). The Shopping Mall High School. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 
 
6. Rothstein (2004). Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap. Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute. 
 
7. Witte (2001). The Market Approach to Education: An Analysis of America's First Voucher Program. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
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