Entrepreneurs and Innovations in Public Education, from "A Nation At Risk" to "Race to the Top"|
Spring 2014 not offered
|Certificates: The Study of Education|
This course examines innovations in public education over the past 30 years through the work and writings of entrepreneurs who advanced curricular, pedagogical, organizational, technological, and other reforms. This time frame roughly begins with the release of the "A Nation at Risk" report in 1983 and continues through to today. The course offers a broad survey of the key ideas and actors that have animated widely recognized efforts to improve public schools as well as a critical examination of these initiatives. Students will complete the course with a solid understanding of the history of such innovations, the theories that animate them, and the evidence of their impact. These topics are relevant to students who intend to work in public education as a teacher or administrator or as an advocate for reform and to concerned citizens.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Among other articles, book chapters, documentaries, and website resources, required readings will include but not be limited to the following: (subject to change)
Katrina Bulkley, et. al., eds., BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE: POLITICS, GOVERNANCE AND THE NEW PORTFOLIO MODELS FOR URBAN SCHOOL REFORM, (2010).
Howard Gardner, THE DISCIPLINED MIND: BEYOND FACTS AND STANDARDIZED TESTS, THE K-12 EDUCATION THE EVERY CHILD DESERVES, (1999).
Carl Glickman, ed., THOSE WHO DARED, FIVE VISIONARIES WHO CHANGED AMERICAN EDUCATION, (2009).
Frederick M. Hess, Ed., EDUCATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: REALITIES, CHALLENGES, POSSIBILITIES, (2011)
Richard D. Kahlenberg, TOUGH LIBERAL: ALBERT SHANKER AND THE BATTLES OVER SCHOOLS, UNIONS, RACE, AND DEMOCRACY, (2007).
Wendy Kopp, ONE DAY, ALL CHILDREN...: THE UNLIKELY TRIUMPH OF TEACH FOR AMERICA AND WHAT I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY, (2001).
Jay Mathews, WORK HARD, BE NICE: HOW TWO INSPIRED TEACHERS CREATED THE MOST PROMISING SCHOOLS IN AMERICA, (2009).
Deborah Meier, THE POWER OF THEIR IDEAS, (1996).
Paul Tough, WHATEVER IT TAKES: GEOFFREY CANADA'S QUEST TO CHANGE HARLEM AND AMERICA, (2009).
Terry M. Moe and John E. Chubb, LIBERATING LEARNING: TECHNOLOGY, POLITICS, AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN EDUCATION, (2009).
Diane Ravitch, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM: HOW TESTING AND CHOICE ARE UNDERMINING EDUCATION, (2010).
Steven F. Wilson, LEARNING ON THE JOB: WHEN BUSINESS TAKES ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS, (2006).
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students must complete required readings each week and participate in classroom discussions. In addition, pairs of students (to be determined at the first class meeting) will be required to select a week's topic to a.) complete recommended readings and b.) facilitate classroom discussion for that topic. Students must also submit weekly reaction papers and complete a term paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Juniors and seniors with a strong interest in public education may apply by submitting a brief statement of interest to Professor Jonathan Gyurko by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) using the email subject line "POI Request for Entrepreneurs in Education." Requests received by November 16th will receive full consideration.