Critical Issues in Urban Education

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Urban school reform in the United States is characterized by contentious, politicized debate. This course explores a set of critical issues in the education and educational reform space, with a focus on aspects of the field that have sparked controversy and polarized views. We will dig into these debates, situating them within the larger history of public education and school reform, and considering the viewpoints, the evidence, and translation of issues into educational policy.
 
The class is designed with multiple student perspectives in mind with appropriate content and access points for policymakersschool leaders, teachers and parents or other concerned citizens. No background knowledge is required.
 
We will consider three themes in this course:

  1. Federal Strategies in School Reform: How has the federal government legislated and incented public school reform? What are the implica...

Urban school reform in the United States is characterized by contentious, politicized debate. This course explores a set of critical issues in the education and educational reform space, with a focus on aspects of the field that have sparked controversy and polarized views. We will dig into these debates, situating them within the larger history of public education and school reform, and considering the viewpoints, the evidence, and translation of issues into educational policy.
 
The class is designed with multiple student perspectives in mind with appropriate content and access points for policymakersschool leaders, teachers and parents or other concerned citizens. No background knowledge is required.
 
We will consider three themes in this course:

  1. Federal Strategies in School Reform: How has the federal government legislated and incented public school reform? What are the implications of those approaches given the nature of local control in American public education? We will discuss three particular strategies the federal government has enacted recently and the diverging perspectives on them.
  2. School Choice: How does school choice aim to improve schools? What forms does it take? Does providing school choice improve schools?
  3. Accountability: What is the history of accountability in American public schooling? What are the policies and practices associated with accountability and what are the assumptions behind them? Does accountability lead to improved outcomes for students?
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10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 7 months ago
This course is absolutely fascinating and a must if you're passionate about urban school reform. The professor is very skilled at communicating such a complicated issue in an easy-to-understand manner. The content is excellent. The instructor is doing a good job with balancing historical context, explaining the school reform policy/intervention/approach and providing insight/implication for future reforms. I enjoyed the video with the experts giving their perspective on the school reform issue at hand. I cannot believe I can take this class for free! I am an educator and this course is helping me develop a more nuanced understanding of school reform. It's also helping me appreciate everyone's viewpoint because when all is said and done, everyone's view matters and we're all in this together. It's also helping me reflect on my own limiting beliefs about what students are able to do.
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To be clear I have not reviewed the course content because I dropped the course as soon as I saw it was heavily weighted with random student marking which results in random marks which I consider to be very unfair.
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