Political Goals of Public Schooling

Chapter 1


Choose any feature of your schooling -organization, rules, processes, subjects taught, extracurricular activities -and explain how that feature reflects elements of the ideology of the larger society.

The Public Nature of Schooling

Because public schooling is, well, public, it constantly serves as a site of conflict because private individuals or groups often attempt to impose their ideological views and expectations on their schools. Based on your own experiences, think about such conflicts that occurred in your (or a friend's) school.

Constitutional Issue: First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Should Students Be Required to Pledge Allegiance to the U.S. Flag?

Think about the various perspectives that could be considered in answering this question.

Should Intelligent Design be Taught in Science Classes Along with Evolution?

Is Intelligent Design (a relabeling of Creationism) scientific?

The Politics of Textbook Publishing

Textbooks are very political relics for what they contain or do not contain, the perspectives they give, the language and symbols used, and the ideological biases that are explicitly or implicitly present. In your opinion, who should have ultimate authority in choosing textbooks for your school?