The Origins of Urban Education

Fall 2010

Instructor Information

William W. Cutler
Gladfelter Hall, Room 855
Office Hours:  Tuesday, 3:00-4:00
Wednesday, 2:00-4:00


Course Goals

In Urban Education 5565 you will study the history of urban schooling in the United States.  The course will cover the history of urban schooling from the end of the eighteenth century to the present.  However, it will focus on the twentieth century and especially on the years between 1940 and 1980.  Topics to be covered will include: (1) the development of urban school systems in the United States (2) the politics of urban education (3) the roles of gender, ethnicity, race, and class in urban education (4) the reform of urban education.

In Urban Education 5565 you will also study historical research methods.  The course will teach you what it means to think and act like a historian.  It will do this by setting you to work, both as individuals and in groups, on a research project having to do with the history of the Philadelphia public schools in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.  In the conduct of this work you will learn to: (1) ask historical research questions (2) identify relevant sources (3) identify a historical argument (4) construct a historical argument.

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