Post Prompts Fall 2017

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PresentPost10:  Privatization v. School Choice, what do you believe?

Based on your video analysis, class discussions, and assigned readings, write a brief essay about privatization and school choice. What you believe?  What are the main issues? Do you support school choice plans? Do you believe that school choice is an initiative to advance equal opportunity in education for all students or is it a thinly veiled strategy to privatize public education? (~250 words | Assignment Due Friday | 3 November)

PresentPost8:  Debate: Human Capital vs Seed People

Part | Whether you participated in the debate directly or worked as a judge, briefly summarize the debate with an emphasis on which team won the debate and how you came to this conclusion.

Part || If you participated directly in the debate, please post the text of your speech or the notes or outline that you worked with.

Part ||| If you participated in the debate as a judge, please revise and summarize the notes you took during each speech and post these to your blog.

(Assignment due: 27 October  ~250 words)

PresentPost7 credit

Based on Monday 9 October discussion of the social goals of schooling, for class on Wednesday 11 October, please bring a thematic article to present to and discuss with your peers.

PresentPost6US Legal Decisions, Congressional Acts & Student Diversity

You have been assigned one of the following decisions or acts (DORAs) to research, compare, and analyze.

  1. The Naturalization Act of 1790
  2. Civilization Fund Act of 1819
  3. Indian Removal Act (1830)
  4. Chinese Exclusion Act (1882)
  5. Texas Court Ruling on Mexican Americans (1897)
  6. Immigration Act of 1924
  7. Mendez et al. v. Westminster School District of Orange County (1946)
  8. Delgado v. Bastrop Independent School District (1948)
  9. McCarran-Walter Act of 1952
  10. Immigration Act of 1965
  11. Bilingual Education Act of 1968
  12. Cisernos v. Corpus Christi Independent School District (1970)
  13. Indian Education Act of 1972
  14. Lau v. Nichols (1974)
  15. Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975

Through your research, please address the following:

  • A. Define your DORA;
  • B. Describe the effects of the DORA; in the historically specific time of the DORA, how did it affect people’s lives and actions?
  • C. On matters of race and education, relate this DORA to another one of the fifteen DORAs listed above as well as to the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
  • D. Discuss what has become of this DORA. Has it been abolished, overturned, expanded, etc.?
  • E. Explain what current affair in the historical present (Recent 20 years) could be traced to this DORA.

Google Slides: US Legal Decisions, Congressional Acts & Student Diversity

(+250 words. Be sure to reference your sources).

Assignment Due Friday 6 October

PresentPost5 Multicultural Education Compared

As a teacher you are very concerned about matters of racism and education. In particular you’ve been thinking about the situation pertaining to global migration, dominated cultures, and deculturalization. You’ve decided to implement a multicultural education in your class. Through your research, you learn that there are numerous approaches with different strengths and perhaps some weaknesses too. IMG_0174.PNG

For PresentPost5, you have been assigned one approach to multicultural education to study and describe. Your partner has been assigned another approach. Following your discussion in class this Wednesday, compare and contrast these two approaches. (~250 words)

Approaches to Multicultural Education

  1. Critical Pedagogy p. 185 +
  2. Teaching Anti-Bias and Tolerance p. 188+
  3. Educating for Economic Power p. 193+
  4. Ethnocentric Education p. 195+

Assignment Due Friday 29 September


Please identify three (3) interesting quotes from Spring, Joel (2016) American Education. 3 Education And Equality of Opportunity (66-88).

  • In turn, explain each quote in the context of the chapter.
  • Relate the significance of each quote to your lived experience.
  • Discuss why you believe each quote is significant.

(~350 words / three paragraphs + three block quotes)

  • Optional: Instead of Service Post 3, I invite you to extend PresentPost4 by 100 words to include your thoughts and analysis of our reading and discussions about service learning and bias. (Just mark your post : PresentPost 4 & ServicePost 3.

Assignment Due:  Monday 25 September 2017


Spring, Joel (2016) American Education. 3 Education And Equality of Opportunity (66-88)

Dunn-Kenney, M. (2010). Can Service Learning Reinforce Social and Cultural Bias? Exploring a Popular Model of Family Involvement for Early Childhood Teacher Candidates. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education31(1), 37-48.


What are your hopes for service this semester? What are your feelings as you begin this service experience?

The above are the questions that the Center for Service and Social Action asks you to write about this week.  For your SP3, I ask you to further develop your response by considering recent discussions and readings in ED253. (~250 words)

Assignment Due: Friday 22 September 2017

ServicePost2 : Encountering the Other | Encountering the Self

Based on your in-class stream-of-consciousness writing experience, please author a  narrative essay. (~250 words)

Assignment Due: Friday 15 September 2017



In class this week, we’ve had discussion about the 14th Amendment, the era of Jim Crow, including Plessy v. Ferguson, and the end of legal school segregation with the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS. 

Discussion: Children in Ohio’s Schools

At this time, I invite you to explore and analyze the Ohio Department of Education website, Ohio School Report Cards. Use this site to find specific school district data on:

  • Per pupil expenditure;
  • Performance
  • Value Added
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Racial composition of students in the district.

Compare and contrast the data on the following school districts:

[Note: Be patient, these sites often load VERY slowly.]

  1. East Cleveland or Painesville City;
  2. Cleveland Heights or Shaker Heights;
  3. Beachwood or Solon;
  4. Your district or one of your choosing.

What can you discern about segregation today? What do we learn from history? What action(s) could be taken to address this situation?  (~250 words and a few graphs).

Reading: Spring, Joel (2016) American Education. 5 Equality of Educational Opportunity: Race, Gender, and Special Needs (116-143)

Assignment Due: Friday 15 September 2017


Select an historical figure or time period from the chapter. If an historical figure, briefly recount his biography. Associate that figure or time period with a recognized purpose(s) for education? What reasons, evidence or narrative are offered to support or justify this purpose? Do you agree or disagree, why or why not?  Relate your discussion to contemporary issues in education. (~250 words)

Spring, Joel (2016) American Education. 1 The History and Political Goals of Public Schooling (3-32)

Assignment Due Friday | 8 September 2017


Based on your lived experience and/or your review of the report, Learning in Deed, what is service-learning? Characterize the distinction between service projects and service-learning projects. Why does the report begin with a section on student engagement? Discuss strengths and weaknesses of service-learning for students and the community that is served. What kinds of opportunities/challenges are there for teachers interested in integrating service-learning into their classroom practice? (~250 words)

NCSL (National Commission on Service Learning), Learning in Deed. (2002). Learning in Deed: The Power of Service-Learning for American Schools.

Ohio Department of Education Community Service-Learning

Assignment Due Friday | 8 September

WebPost1: CLASS SURVEY (PresentPost 1)

Personal information

  1. What name do you prefer to be called? Do you have preferred pronouns?
  2. Hometown and photograph of you (inserted in your blog so we can connect you with your name).
  3. Grade level and subject(s) that you want to teach.
  4. What are you into; what makes you special? Share a few “unique” aspects about yourself that would help our classroom community get to know you a bit more. Are you on an athletic team? Sing in the choir?  Are you trying out for a play? Painting? What are you planning on doing this semester in your life that is noteworthy?
  5. I want to know what matters most to you.  To this end, please share with the class an essay that is essential to your interests. (Include the reference/link to the essay [chapter, article, website] and a few sentences about its significance to you).

Learning Style and more: 

6. Being as specific as you can, what must be in place for you to feel comfortable taking intellectual and creative risks in a college classroom?

Education Past and Present

7. Please discuss what are, for you, some significant issues or concerns facing the field of education right now.

About Dr. Shutkin:

8. Write down a question or two that you would like to ask me about myself or the class.

Now that you have completed your first blog post, please publish it to the Internet and send the address to me in an email message.  Use the email address you would like me to use to communicate with you this semester.

Thank you and all good things,

Dr. Shutkin





Post Prompts Spring  2017