RCSSCI 365 - Excellence, Equity, and the Politics of Education
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
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.

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

  • Bowles & Gintis (1976), Schooling in Capitalist America
  • Carnoy, Jacobsen, Michel, & Rothstein (2005), The Charter School Dust-Up
  • 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

Course Requirements:

Student requirements including extensive readings and active participation/leadership in class discussions, and four short essays (5-7 pages) with revisions.

Intended Audience:

Class Format:

Class time will follow a seminar format

RCSSCI 365 - Excellence, Equity, and the Politics of Education
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
4RC Ugrd
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9781932066098
Class and schools : using social, economic, and educational reform to close the Black-white achievement gap, Author: Rothstein, Richard., Publisher: Teachers College, Columbia University 2004
ISBN: 9780300108309
Keeping track : how schools structure inequality, Author: Oakes, Jeannie., Publisher: Yale University Press 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780429970276
Children, Schools, and Inequality, Author: Entwisle, Doris R.
ISBN: 9780517582213
Savage inequalities., Author: Kozol, Jonathan. 1991
ISBN: 9781608461318
Schooling in capitalist America : educational reform and the contradictions of economic life, Author: Bowles, Samuel., Publisher: Haymarket Books 2012
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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