Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Education 250. Schooling in America

This multidisciplinary course explores the conflicts that have accompanied schooling in a democratic society. Students will study the historical development of public school systems, competing philosophies of education, and current policy debates. Students will consider the purposes of typical school procedures such as testing, tracking, local funding, and (de)segregation. In particular, students will analyze the extent to which class, race, ethnicity, and gender have shaped the evolution of education in the America. The course will encourage students to interrogate multiple perspectives while developing and supporting their own points of view.