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EDUC 3013: School and Society University of Colorado Spring, 2007 Instructor:  Ruben Donato Office:  EDUC 340 Phone:  (303) 492-7946 E-mail:   [email protected] Tuesdays 4:30-7:00 Course Overview This course introduces students – both future teachers and those simply interested  in educational issues – to many of the most salient issues surrounding education  within the United States. More specifically, the course will reveal the complex  relationship between schools and the larger society of which they are a part.  Because schools are themselves a microcosm of the larger society, we shall explore  many important contemporary and historical societal issues, examining the ways in  which they affect education. Such issues include race, social class, gender,  ethnicity, and issues of power and privilege. While each of these issues affects  pedagogy (the way we teach) and curriculum (what we teach), “ School and Society”  is  not a methods course. Thus, we will not focus on how to teach or teaching  strategies; rather, we will center our attention on the larger issues that  influence one’s perceptions of teaching, pedagogy, curriculum, school organization  and administration, and the work of being a teacher.  Course Objectives To become familiar with the curricular traditions informing what is taught  in contemporary schools To examine the purposes of schools within society. To become familiar with ongoing educational reform initiatives and policy  debates taking place in urban school districts. To explore the diversity in contemporary school enrollments and its impact  on teaching, learning, and the relationships among teachers, schools, and  society To discuss the issues of equity and inequity in education To learn how schools are funded and the impact of public interests on  teaching and learning. To examine the relationship between one’s own background, experiences, and  perspectives and how that might affect relationships in the classroom and  with schools.  To develop a notion of one’s own “voice” as a teacher  II. Course Policies Disability Reasonable Accommodation If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit a letter to me  from Disability Services early in the semester so that your needs may be addressed. 
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Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. (303-492- 8671, Willard 322, ).  Any student eligible for and  needing academic adjustments or accommodations because of documented disability should 
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