You’ve done a lot schooling by this point, but do you know why the American School is such a controversial institution? Because schools are a major socializing force, their roles and responsibilities are highly politicized and fraught topics. What makes a school public? Who gets to decide what is taught? Are schools responsible for correcting or managing inequalities? What economic and structural arrangements are fair in education? How should schools deal with religious and political differences? What kinds of pedagogical practices should be used in classrooms? This course looks at the American School as a historical and contemporary institution central to social values and processes of citizenship, equality, achievement, power, fairness, access, and opportunity. We will ask what it means to school and be schooled within a democracy, examining the role that differences of class, race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, and politics play within educational systems. We will discuss how these differences are created, maintained, and challenged within schools, and how schools both contribute to and mitigate structural inequalities. In doing so, you’ll be asked to examine your own schooling experiences and your identity as a student. How have you been schooled? Students are evaluated through a range of written, collaborative, and multimedia assignments. Readings include: Savage Inequalities by J. Kozol; Privilege by S. R. Khan. Students who successfully complete this seminar will receive course credit for EDUC 101 and satisfy one half of the Social Relations, Institutions, and Agents area of inquiry requirement.
Professor Taylor's scholarship is focused on dis/ability and inclusion within education, specifically the intersections of race, gender, and ability in shaping what it means to be a citizen and to be educated for citizenship.