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Which Do You want: Education as Social Control or Agency and Engagement?

Today my class  "American Literature, American Learning" is looking at a range of texts from 1650s to the present to address the question of what do we want: education as social control, education as empowerment, agency, and social activism?

If the latter, what can we do, today, in our classrooms to structure equality against a long structural legacy of inequality supported by the state, the church, and formal education, including higher education. We are performing this class in public, as a model, both analyzing documents and creating new practices.

Here's the link to the syllabus, the student blogs, the readings, the methods, all that:


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