How do teachers and schools determine our future? The world of schools has 50 million students and 3 million teachers. It's complex and reflects our culture, history, finances, and politics. In this seminar, we will explore a series of hot, controversial issues each week. Video clips and case studies will open each session and provide a catalyst for discussion and debate. The experience, background, and interest of students will drive the weekly discussion. Issues may include: high stakes testing, special education, charter schools, home schooling, school violence, technology, standardized curriculum, family structure, and inequality of educational opportunity. The goal of this seminar is to help students appreciate the complexity and interconnectedness of each issue and to illuminate the conclusion that being an absolutist on controversial issues undermines children and education.
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