COMMON SCHOOL MOVEMENT.
History & rise of movement that provided basis for U.S. public education system. Impact on view of learning & universal education in a democracy, role of state.
DEMOCRACY AND EDUCATION.
Analyzes the relevance and impact of John Dewey's seminal work DEMOCRACY AND EDUCATION, as well as his other work. Dewey's philosophical ideas & premises. Theory of Relevancy in education. Progressive education. His pedagogic creed.on the purpose of schools. How educators have accepted or taken issue with his premise. Contends Dewey did not write about Democracy as an ideal, but as a real fact.
SHOULD EVERYONE GO TO COLLEGE?
Considers reasons that people go to college and whether or not everyone should go to college. Concludes that college is not for everyone. Advantages to society of a highly educated populace, and some disadvantages.
the communist manifesto
A discussion of social inequality and class struggle as it relates to the history of modern society laid out in Marx' Communist Manifesto. Marx's vision of history as a class struggle.
VIRTUAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.
Discusses issue of free speech. Interpretations of the First Amendment. Issue of sexually explicit material involving actual children. Supreme Court modification of the federal Child Pornography Act regarding production of virtual pornography. Ashcroft v. The Free Speech Coalition (2002). Arguments of both sides. Response to Supreme Court decision. Issue of legislating the thoughts of Americans.
Cultural Assimilation Vs. Cultural Seclusion
A brief explanation of how Amish resistance to cultural assimilation has directly impacted that group's social and economic status in the US, followed by an examination of the ways in which a culture within a culture can preserve its cultural identity and integrity