EDU 111

Perspectives on American Education

Spring 2020 MWF Schedule

EDU 111 Spring 2020 course info

Session Class Focus Assignment
January Week 1
M/ 13 Introduction to course; assignments

Katherine Christie, Berea Middle School

Apply for “Level 1” volunteering in order to tutor here:

https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/MzE6ZW4tVVM=

W/ 15 Theme for English B,” Langston Hughes

“Eleven,” Sandra Cisneros

F/ 17 Course Rationale

Foucault, “The Means of Correct Training”

Poverty and Testing in Education: “The Present Scientifico-legal Complex”

January Week 2
M/ 20 MLK Day (no class)
W/ 22 Groups formed, topics chosen

“Banking concept”; Freire, Ch .2 Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Topic 1: The Teaching Profession

Topic 1 reflection email DUE before class session
F/ 24 Topic 1, Freire continued

Choice text 1

UPDATE 20 October 2019: Grit, Education Narratives Veneer for White, Wealth Privilege

Read, share choice text 1 in-class
January Week 3
M/ 27 Topic 2: Educational Philosophies

“A generalized crisis in relation to all the environments of enclosure”: Deleuze

Topic 2 reflection email DUE before class session
W/ 29 Topic 2 continued
F/ 31 Mary Fairbairn, Library: Searching for high-quality sources

Group assignment workshop in-class

Out of town

February Week 4
M/ 3 Poverty and the ideological imperative: a call to unhook from deficit and grit ideology and to strive for structural ideology in teacher education, Paul Gorski
W/ 5 Topic 3: Historical Foundations of Education Topic 3 reflection email DUE before class session
F/ 7 Thomas Jefferson on Education

“The American Scholar,” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choice text 1

Out of town

Read, share choice text 1 in-class
February Week 5
M/ 10 Corridor of Shame (documentary) excerpt

https://youtu.be/rjY69hO0fxk

W/ 12 Topic 4: Diversity, Multiculturalism, Poverty/Privilege, Class, and Race

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The danger of a single story

Topic 4 reflection email DUE before class session
F/ 14 James Baldwin on education (1974)
A Talk to Teachers, James BaldwinJames Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil, Clint Smith

Choice text 1

Read, share choice text 1 in-class
February Week 6
M/ 17 Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later (documentary)
W/ 19 Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later (documentary) continued
F/ 21 LRC discussion

Midterm assignment/explanation

February Week 7
M/ 24 Choice text 1 Read, share choice text 1 in-class
W/ 26 Group Presentations Workshop
F/ 28 Midterm

Class discussion: Read But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Gloria Ladson-Billings and 74 Interview: Researcher Gloria Ladson-Billings on Culturally Relevant Teaching, the Role of Teachers in Trump’s America & Lessons From Her Two Decades in Education Research
Email to professor BEFORE class 5-10 key talking points from your first choice supplemental reading with evidence (quotes and/or page numbers).

Connect as many aspects of the first half of the course as possible—topic readings, class discussions, documentaries, tutoring.

Have key points in class to discuss in small groups before opening discussion to the whole class.

Email to professor BEFORE class 5-10 key points per midterm assignment

 

Choice Text 1 Reflection DUE

 

March Week 8
M/ 2 Group Presentations

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W/ 4 Group Presentations

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6.

F/ 6 TBD
March 7-15 Spring Break  
March Week 9
M/ 16 University schedule suspended N/A
W/ 18 University schedule suspended N/A
F/ 20 University schedule suspended N/A
March Week 10
M/ 23 Topic 5: Legal, Political, and Financial Topic 5 reflection email DUE before class session
W/ 25 Return of the Deficit, Curt Dudley-Marling

“What These Children Are Like”: Rejecting Deficit Views of Poverty and Language

Black Folk Hate White Tears and Blatant Racism More Than Charter Schools, Andre Perry

Choose ONE, read, email brief reflection
F/ 27 Choice text 2 Email brief update of reading, cc all classmates and professor
March/ April Week 11
M/ 30 Topic 6: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Topic 6 reflection email DUE before class session
W/ 1 Seven ‘great’ teaching methods not backed up by evidence

James Baldwin on education (1974)
A Talk to Teachers, James Baldwin

James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil, Clint Smith

Choose ONE, read, email brief reflection
F/ 3 Choice text 2 Email brief update of reading, cc all classmates and professor
April Week 12
M/ 6 Topic 7: Current Issues and the Future of Education

 

Topic 7 reflection email DUE before class session
W/ 8 Choice text 2 Email brief update of reading, cc all classmates and professor
F/ 10 Good Friday (no class)
April Week 13
M/ 13 Easter Break (no class)
W/ 15 Essay draft DUE

Exchange and give peer-review with at least 2 other classmates, cc professor with all of the exchanges.

Essay draft DUE
F/ 17 Virtual Schools Report DUE Virtual Schools Report DUE
April Week 14
M/ 20 Hard Times at Douglass High (documentary) [view on your own; substitute another documentary approved by professor if not available]
W/ 22 Hard Times at Douglass High (documentary) continued Email brief reflection after viewing
F/ 24 Choice text 2 Email brief update of reading, cc all classmates and professor
April/May Week 15
M/ 27 Tutoring share

Choice text 2

(last MWF class session)

Read, share choice text 2 in-class

Choice Text 2 Reflection DUE

W/ 29
F/ 1
May EXAMS
Tu/ 5 8:30-11:00 AM Final Portfolio (see below) submitted with all assignments included by email with every assignment as an attachment (scan originals when necessary)

EDU111.FinalGr.Sp2020copy

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