Curriculum and Policy Studies in Urban Education
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Core Course 2

The Historical Context of Urban Education:

Race, Class, Gender, Ethnicity and Religion

(3 Credits)

Tentative Course Outline*

I. The origins of public schooling in Urban America (the anti-bellum period)

II. Institutionalizing Education (post-bellum era)

III. The Progressive Era

IV. Urban Education in Hard Times (The Great Depression)

V. Education in the Post-World War II era



* Issues of historiography will be infused throughout the course. Each topic will explore issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity and religion, and how these variables have interact with each other.

The course also will examine how each era answers the questions and problems it confronts. These questions and their proposed solutions will be compared across historic periods.