SOCIOLOGY & EDUCATION

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Lesson Objective: Explore the sociological theories about American education.

Sociological theory impacts educational policy and practice, which in turn influences the types of citizens produced by the educational system. In this lesson you will explore some of the theories, policies, and practices that interact in our educational system and use that information to determine the type of citizenry that results from these influences. 

Topic 1: Sociological Theories in Education

Topic Objective: Explore the sociological theories about American education 

This topic will introduce educational theory to help you see educational policy in a new way. The theories presented look at how different educational systems produce different types of citizens who in turn contribute to society in different ways. Read the assignment before beginning this topic in order to better understand and apply the information presented. 

Content Description Notes 
Reading 1.1Kozol, J. (2005). The shame of the nation: The restoration of apartheid schooling in America (pp. 1-12). Westminster, MD: Crown Publishing Group.Szczepaniak, M., et al. (2013). Liberalism and feminism in education.Freire, P. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. p. 71-86Archer, D. (2007). Education for liberation. Adults Learning, 18(9), 28-29.

Interview with Noam Chomsky on Education
These readings will present educational systems as seen through the lenses of race, gender, and socioeconomic status.  
Multimedia 1.1Noam Chomsky- The Purpose of Education ~22 minutesIn this film Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, outlines some of his theories of the purpose of education.  
Discussion 1.1Banking Theory of EducationHave you ever seen an example of the Banking Theory of Education play out in a movie, play, or TV show? If so give the title, describe the scene in context, and give a brief description of your reaction to it. 
Assignment 1.1Noam Chomsky’s ViewsWrite a 500- to 750- word reflection of Noam Chomsky’s views of the current educational system in the United States as it compares to another theorist.  Define, summarize, and critique Noam Chomsky’s theories in relation to at least one other theory from this section.  

Topic 2: Social Conflict and Education

Topic Objective: Study social conflict in education. 

In this topic, you will read about multiculturalism and follow the controversy surrounding the creation and subsequent ban of the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, Arizona. As you follow this story note the different opinions involved, how the legislative process worked in this case, and the underlying theoretical stances on both sides of the controversy.  Read the assignment before beginning this topic to better understand and apply the information presented. 

Content Description Notes 
Reading 2.1“The Problematics of Multiculturalism in an Post-Racial America: Notes from an Anti-multiculturalist” by Annette Henry from Precarious International Multicultral Education: Hegemony, Dissent and Rising Alternatives Edited by Wright, Singh, and Race, pgs. 41-61 In this reading Annette Henry deconstructs multiculturalism and explains how she and other anti-multiculturalists believe the practice causes harm in both educational systems and in society in general. 
Multimedia 2.1Threatened in Tucson:Mexican American Studies Jan. 05, 2012  ~8 minutes

Mexican American Studies: Bad Ban or Bad Class? Jan 18, 2012  ~17 minutes

Ethnic Studies: Teaching Resentment or Pride? Jan 19, 2012 ~7 minutes A Year Without Mexican-American Studies In Tucson June 24, 2012  ~9 minutes
Listen to the four NPR stories that summarize and chronicle the controversy over the  Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, AZ: 
Reading 2.2Acosta, C. (2014). Huitzilopochtli: The Will and Resiliency of Tucson Youth to Keep Mexican American Studies Alive. Multicultural Perspectives, 16(1), 3-7. In Huitzilopochtli: The Will and Resiliency of Tucson Youth to Keep Mexican American Studies Alive, one of the Mexican American Studies teachers describes the efforts of some Mexican American Studies students to continue their civic education outside of the classroom, and the level of success they obtained. 
Assignment 2.1Editorial SpeechWrite and record a 3-5 minute editorial speech about the Mexican American Studies (MAS) program. Write and record a 3-5 minute editorial speech about the Mexican American Studies (MAS) program. 

Topic 3: Social Inequality in Education

Topic Objective: To understand three major issues of inequality in education: racism, sexism, and ableism. 

Despite an attempt to provide equality in education for all there continues to be discrepancies in educational opportunities along many lines. In this topic you will explore three of these lines: racism, sexism, and ableism. You will then explore three educational programs in the United States: No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the Common Core Standards and use the information gained in all three topics to evaluate these programs. As you go through the topic materials take notes and look for ways that the information you learned in Topics 1 & 2 interact with the isms being presented. It is suggested that you read the assignment before beginning this topic to better understand and integrate the information presented. 

Content Description Notes 
Multimedia 3.1Black, White, and Brown The film Black, White and Brown presents the social and legal struggle for desegregation by taking a look at the case of Brown v. The Board of Education. The film seeks to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding the case by revealing the true origins and legal details of Brown v. The Board of Education. This fascinating program connects viewers with the people, places, events, and ideas that shaped the landmark civil rights case. 
Multimedia 3.2Girl Rising (2013)Girl Rising takes us on a journey around the world to witness the power of education to change the lives of girls. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. 
Reading 3.1Ruth Colker “Disabled Education.” The Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, p.81-107 Read Chapter 5 of Disabled Education to learn about the amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education act (IDEA) Enacted in 1975. IDEA provides all children with the right to a free and appropriate public education. On the face of it, the IDEA is a shining example of law’s democratizing impulse. But is that really the case? Author Ruth Colker outlines the amendments and how they have been effective and ineffective for children with disabilities. 
Assignment 3.1Fair and Equitable Education Explain the ethical and moral arguments for all students to receive a fair and equitable education.  
Multimedia 3.3No Child Left Behind and Education Policy ~10 minutes

Democracy Left Behind: NCLB and Civic Education  ~58 minutes  
Watch the first 10 minutes of No Child Left Behind and Education Policy in which Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, and Steven Scully discuss No Child Left Behind in terms of the intentions and outcomes of the law.  Democracy Left Behind: NCLB and Civic Education takes a look at the practical implications of NCLB in the classroom and beyond. As you watch the videos consider how the theories from Topic 1, the social conflict described in Topic 2, and the inequalities discovered in Topic 3 influence or are affected by No Child Left Behind. 
Reading 3.2Common Core Standards Explore the following website and take notes on the Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in each of the grades kindergarten through high school.
Assignment 3.2Research Current Educational ProgramsCreate a mind-map that illustrates how the three programs reviewed in this topic interconnect in the US educational system. 

Essay The essay reflects a central theme or topic from the lesson and should incorporate key concepts, lesson materials, and supplementary resources as appropriate. The scope of the essay should demonstrate a good working familiarity of theory, literature, and best practices, as well as workplace implementation and real-world application whenever possible.  This essay should include the fundamental writing elements, to include an introduction, multi-paragraph body and a conclusion. The essay requires correct APA formatting, in-text citations and a Reference list. The essay is based on a 100-point scale.  

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