Reforming Schools in the USA

School’s out in for the summer! Year-round schooling, homework debates, the charter school movement, high-stakes testing, common core standards, integrating technology, cutting recess and the arts, costeffective cafeteria menus, addressing poverty and racial disparities, redistricting, bullying initiatives… Fixing public schools in the United States is complicated and contentious. Stakeholders in communities, governments, and businesses argue over which solutions would best serve our nation’s youths. In this course, we will analyze opposing viewpoints regarding current schooling problems and recommended education reform. Our goal will not be to pick a side in these debates. Instead, we will develop and articulate the gray areas that live between polarizing positions. We will investigate contemporary issues in education using books, articles, media (film/TV/music), and online sources.