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Oct 24th, 2013
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Prompt 1: Labaree (p. 46) explains that schools addressed the things that are “too important to be left to chance or to the option of individual parents.” Thinking about the present day, which of society’s expectations of school still stem or partially stem from a belief that there are topics too important to be left to chance or the at-home education provided by parents (that school must therefore intentionally broach)?

Prompt 2: With what purpose(s) should we study the history of schooling? What are the most important lessons from the history of American schooling that we should draw? 

Prompt 3: The Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision makes 10 claims in one paragraph regarding the public purpose of schooling: [1]Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. [2] Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. [3] It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, [4] even service in the armed forces. [5]It is the very foundation of good citizenship. [6] Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, [7] in preparing him for later professional training, and [8] in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. [9]In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. [10] Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.” —Justice Earl Warren (1954)

Which one of these do you think is the most important? Which one of these (the same claim or a different one) do you think contemporary schooling best reflects? In the Hickey article, as in Brown v. Board, people were integrating and accepting of different cultures, but the government was prohibiting integration and propagating prejudice in society.

Prompt 4: Dewey claimed that schools needed to be converted to a social center in order to keep individuals properly adjusted to a rapidly changing environment. Is this valuable in today’s society? Is it possible to complete this transformation? What would it look like?

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