Saving Schools, Mini-Course 4: School Choice

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This mini-course focuses on alternatives to public schools in the United States.

There has been a rapid expansion of school choice in U.S. education. Charter schools now serve over five percent of the public school population, voucher programs have been introduced in many states, and digital education has captured the attention of educators across the country. What is the theoretical basis for these innovations? How effective are the early initiatives? How do parents decide what is best for their children? And how do all of these options affect the students who remain in traditional public schools?

With the help of several scholars and participants in these new ventures, we will discuss the ways in which these school choice initiatives are re-shaping U. S. education.

This mini-course contains five lectures, with most lectures divided into three videos. The mini-courses also includes assigned readings, discussi...

This mini-course focuses on alternatives to public schools in the United States.

There has been a rapid expansion of school choice in U.S. education. Charter schools now serve over five percent of the public school population, voucher programs have been introduced in many states, and digital education has captured the attention of educators across the country. What is the theoretical basis for these innovations? How effective are the early initiatives? How do parents decide what is best for their children? And how do all of these options affect the students who remain in traditional public schools?

With the help of several scholars and participants in these new ventures, we will discuss the ways in which these school choice initiatives are re-shaping U. S. education.

This mini-course contains five lectures, with most lectures divided into three videos. The mini-courses also includes assigned readings, discussion forums, and assessments.

This is the fourth mini-course in a four-course sequence.


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Ronnyelle Saraiva

9/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
Muito bom! Foi algo bem explicativo, espero ter outras experiências como está.queria muito fazer parte da instituição de voces mas moro no Brasil e meu sonho é visitar e estudar aí
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6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Having taken all four modules with 100% score I would rate the series as informative, interesting, but not particularly demanding. Four easy honor-code certificates go into my file, and I am reminded of semesters I took the easiest undergraduate course I could find to get a few extra credits. These comments regarding content difficulty are consistent with the course material related to 'race to the bottom' in online education. Spoiler Alert: The course can be summarized as "lots of school districts have experimented with vouchers, charter schools, and other interventions, but academic researchers have found only modest improvements in test scores. Do these interventions have long-term impact on the student's role in society? This question is not answered."
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 7 months ago
I've watched all the videos in the series thus far and have enjoyed them thoroughly. I always look forward to the new Saving Schools course. They series are well though-out, based on sound research and are quite insightful. Excellent balance/integration of history, current school reform context, political implications and school reform policy recommendations.
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4 years, 7 months ago
Excellent instructors!! Very clear concise delivery. This has been a great series (Parts 1-4). It is worth seeing all 4 and you don't have to take them in sequence because they cover different aspects of the education system. Thank you Harvard for this great series of courses and to Edx for a great format!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
I eagerly await the take off of this course. These mini-courses are well structured and loaded to the extent that one is given the opportunity to navigate the policy and historical backwaters of the teaching and learning experience in the US. Mini-course II was great, this course will be greater.
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I eagerly await the take off of this course. These mini-courses are well structured and loaded to the extent that one is given the opportunity to navigate the policy and historical backwaters of the teaching and learning experience in the US. Mini-course II was great, this course will be greater.
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