FDN 2400, Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching

A. The Educational Process: Theory and History
  Class Meeting Dates
Class Topics, Assigned Readings, and Related Links
    Key questions: Why do we have public schools? Where does curriculum come from? What is the difference between the hidden and the overt curriculum?
August 22

Inquiry Project Assignment

The Inquiry Project Assignment: Click here.

Inquiry Project Rubric: Click here.

We will discuss this project in class over the course of the next several weeks. Please keep the following in mind as your work on the inquiry:

Your goal is to make this inquiry an integrated part of your generativity, dispositions, reflection and agency at this point in your life - and at this point in Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching.

August 24
John Taylor Gatto, “Bitter Lessons: What’s Wrong with American Teachers,” PDF
August 29
Negative and positive freedom. (The lecture PDF file is provided for future reference and is not required for class. You are welcome to bring it to class however if it will assist you with definitions and note taking.) (Lecture PDF);
August 31
Maxine Greene, "Public Education and the Public Space," PDF
    Bloom's Taxonomy
Sept. 5
Video: The Milgram Experiment.
    Plato, “The Allegory of the Cave,” PDF
Sept. 7
Herbert M. Kliebard, “Three Currents of American Curriculum Thought.” PDF

Extra Credit. Understanding Charlottesville: Historical Perspectives. Sponsored by: The History Department, The Humanities Council, The Honors College

A Panel Discussion Thursday, September 7, at 7PM Belk Library 114

Panelists: Dr. Louis Gallien (RCOE) Dr. Karl Campbell (History) Dr. Tony Bly (History) Dr. Kristen Baldwin-Deathridge (History) Dr. Judkin Browning (History) Dr. Michael Behrent (History)

Sept. 11

Extra Credit. Speak Up Against Hate

WHEN: Monday, September 11, 2017. TIME: 7pm-9pm. WHERE: 114 Belk Library
1. Nancy Love (Professor, Department of Government and Justice Studies)
2. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Levine Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies)
3. Jordyne Blaise (Associate Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity and Compliance)
4. Andy Stephenson (Chief and Director of Public Safety) and Lieutenant Chris Hatton (Boone Police Department)

Sept. 12
Kohn, Alfie. Excerpt from "Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community." PDF.
    Trauma informed schools. Take the ACE quiz. (Review before class, submit score anonymously in class.)
  Sept. 14 No class; Dr. Turner is attending a conference
Sept. 19
Curriculum theory, con't. Freire, PDF.
    Philosophies of education and learning theories: Click here.
B. Education, Social Class, and Equality
    Key questions: How does social class impact educational outcomes? Can negative impacts be avoided? How?
Sept. 21
Video: People Like Us: Social Class in America. Part I to be shown in class
    Satire from Comedy Central about Wake County Schools and the issue of social class.
    An update from 2015, courtesy of The News and Observer. Click here.
Sept. 26
Video: People Like Us: Social Class in America, con't.
Sept. 28
Dorothy Allison, A Question of Class.” People Like Us, cont.
Sept. 29

Extra Credit. ASU Humanities Council Event.

Dr. Timothy Snyder, Yale University historian and author of "On Tyranny" will speak at the Humanities Council Symposium on Friday, September 29 at 2:30PM in the Blue Ridge Ballroom (Price Lake and Table Rock Rooms) of the PSU.

In addition, the Smith Gallery in the Schaefer Center will feature an exhibit of dramatic and provocative posters based on Snyder's book. Watch for future announcements about the Humanities Council symposium and the Smith Gallery exhibition opening.

Oct. 3
People Like Us, cont. Charlotte Observer, Counted Out, Part 1 PDF, by Ann Doss Helms. Direct link here.
Oct. 5
School funding. PDF of lecture slides.
[Oct. 5]

Extra Credit. Public Schools FIRST! A Teach-In on NC's Voucher Program. Organized by members of the Reich College of Education to help educate about the new NC school voucher programs. Come learn with us!

RCOE lobby 10-2pm: Drop in. What is the NC Opportunity Scholarship program? Is it constitutional for the state to spend public tax dollars for tuition at private religious schools in NC? How much money does NC spend annually on private school vouchers?

RCOE 124A/B 6 PM: Film: Backpack Full of Cash. Narrated by Matt Damon, it explores the growing privatization of public schools in the US. Immediately following the film, local educators will engage participants in small-group dialogue about the issues raised in the film.

Oct. 10
People Like Us, conclusion
Oct. 12
Fall Break. No class.
Oct. 17
Lemann, Behind the SAT PDF. Lecture slides PDF.
Oct. 19

Dialect, cultural capital. Delpit, Lisa. PDF. From "Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom."

D. Education, Race, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
    Key questions: How does race impact educational outcomes? Can negative impacts be avoided? What connections are there between race and social class?
Oct. 23
Mid-term assigned Monday, October 23.
Oct. 24
Flood cancellation. Video: Eyes on the Prize.
Oct. 26
Video: Eyes on the Prize. No additional reading.
    Video. Race: The Power of An Illusion.
Oct. 31

Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,”PDF.

    Video. Race: The Power of An Illusion, finished.
  Nov. 2 Video: Precious Knowledge
    Required: Robert Lake, “An Indian Father’s Plea,” Click Here.
    Required: Author Michael Dorris on his children and Why I’m Not Thankful for Thanksgiving
    Not required: Teaching Thanksgiving : Myths and Misgivings
[Nov. 6]

Extra Credit. Lawrence Ross, "Know Better, Do Better: College, Racism and YOU," Monday, November 6, 2017, 7 PM Schaefer Center. Doors open at 6 PM.

Ross is a bestselling author, lecturer, writer, filmmaker, social media and consumer trends expert. He has written regular pieces for CNN.com, The Grio, The Root, Ebony.com, and USA Today. "This hour and a half multimedia lecture is entertaining, educational, and thought-provoking. Talking about racism is challenging, but Ross believes that students are more than mature enough to meet that challenge. 'The goal of this lecture is not to develop non-racists, but ANTI-RACISTS.'"

Nov. 7

Precious Knowledge, con't.

    Discussion of the Inquiry Project. Please come with any questions. Assignment posted 8/22. (See above.)
Nov. 9

Ta Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations. Click here. (You must bring a copy of the article to class for use in the class discussion.)

Direct link to the article at the Atlantic Monthly website. Click here.

Discussion of the Inquiry Project, if needed.

E. Education and Gendered Identity

    Key questions: What is "gender identity"? What is "sexual orientation"? How does schooling affect identity in general, and gender identity in particular? Can one's sexual orientation affect school performance? Why and how?
  Nov. 14

Student Panel. Discussion of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender issues. Arrive at class with at least one question you would like to discuss with the panel.

(Arrive in class prepared with a question for the panel.)

  Nov. 16

Nature, Nurture, And Our Evolving Debates About Gender. Podcast: Hidden Brain, NPR. Listen here (51 minutes required.) Reading and processing notes are required.

[Also, a transcipt of the podcast if you prefer to read rather than listen. Note: the piece was intended to be heard, not read. PDF]

    Proposed: Intro to understanding bullying and how to combat it.
    Extra Credit. THURSDAY 11/16 7PM-8PM Guest speaker Benjamin Thomas-Reid (he/him/his) will be sharing reflections on being a queer teacher in NC. GAPP (Gay And Progressive Pedagogy) meeting open to all who are interested.RCOE 227.
  Nov. 21 Rebecca Golden, "Fat girl: A history of bullying. Every day I walked a gauntlet of humiliation. By the age of 12, I wanted to kill myself." Click Here.
    Jean Kilbourne. Women in Advertising.
  Nov. 23 State Holiday. Thanksgiving
  Nov. 28 Indentity/Intersectionality/Difference activity.
  Nov. 30 Review of topics and articles. The PDF will facilitate your participation in class discussion. Review it before class. Click Here.
    Last 20 minutes of class: FDN 2400 online course evaluation and submission. Several Mac laptops will be available for those who need them.
  Dec. 5 Video. Bully: It's Time to Take a Stand
  Dec. 7 No Class. Reading Day.
  Dec. 11

Final due date. The Inquiry Project is due Monday, December 11, 2017 at 11:30 PM on the TK20 website.

Link to TK20 sign in. Click Here.

Contact for TK20 issues. Click Here. (Select the appropriate issue on the linked page, for example, "New or locked account.")

  Dec. 12 Exam Period 11 AM class, FDN 2400-107. Tuesday, December 12, 11AM - 1:30PM.
  Dec. 12 Exam Period 2 PM class, FDN 2400-112. Tuesday, December 12, 2 - 4:30 PM.
  Dec. 14 Exam Period 12:30 PM class, Thursday, December 14, FDN 2400-106. 11AM - 1:30PM.

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