Lecture: Functionalism vs. Conflict Theory in Education
Group Focus Questions
Review and Select Chapter Groups
Peer Revising: Optional!
Informal Response Writing:
What aspects of society do schools reproduce? Should schools serve the needs of the society? What happens to those who don't or refuse to fit the norms?
Discuss and cite examples in defending or refuting the assertion that the federal government should take a stronger role in promoting school programs that address national social problems. Which social problems can/should be addressed in schools?
ACSD Article Share
Cultural, Political, or Pedagogical Implications?
Standards, Standards, Standards!
1.What can be done to reduce the “high-stakes consequences” of test results for students and their schools? In your classroom?
2. According to Tanner, why are school-by-school comparisons of test results “miseducative?”
3. What does Tanner mean when he says that “the standards are the ends, severed from the means, severed from the curriculum?”
4. What experiences have you had relative to the issues discussed in this article and Chapter 4 in your textbook.
What did you agree/disagree with?
Functionalism and Conflict Theory in Education
1) Elementary School Programs and Issues (193-231) (present: 10-29)
2) Middle School Programs and Issues (231-266) (present: 10-29)
3) Secondary School and Beyond (267-294) (present: 11-05)
4) Technology, Curriculum, and the Future (297-326) (present: 11-26)
Blog Questions: Choose one or respond to both .
If schools are to serve the needs of society how far should schools go in order to serve those needs? What has been the case of "minority" rights and/or opinion in the history of education?
How would one describe the history of "equal educational opportunity" within the context of the different schools of philosophy?