There is so much we could look at with education..origins of public system, goals, financing, school choice, preschool, higher ed, etc etc etc. We are going to narrow our focus to high school and college.
Primary question: Does education reinforce existing stratification or provide a way to overcome it?
By Apr 13:
- Read Hayley Glater, The Atlantic, March 30, 2017 What If Students Only Went to School Four Days a Week?
- Read Tristan Bridges, Sociological Images, Mar 20 , 2017 Racial and Educational Segregation in the US
- Write a response paper: Summarize both articles and answer the primary question.
- And one last thing…pick a paper topic. Where can you find a topic?Check your book – at the end of each chapterLook back over your papers – what were you interested in? What made you mad? Or excited? Or hopeful?Look back over the blog posts – which readings were interesting to you?
A sociology blog, thesocietypages series “There’s Research on That” https://thesocietypages.org/trot/
Narrow it down, for example:
Education to gender difference to Math performance/achievement by boys and girls in middle or high school
Listen: How For-Profit Colleges Sell “Risky Education” To The Most Vulnerable, Mar 27 Fresh Air on NPR
How to Get Low-Income Students Into Selective Colleges Hidden Brain on Morning Edition April 12, 2017
Read: The difference between top-tier colleges and mid-level may not matter for middle-upper income students
Watch: These may be found in the library or on streaming services.