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Education 210: Foundations of U.S. Public Education- Andersen: Possible Topics

Possible Topic

Achievement Gaps: In the United States we have racial, economic, and gendered achievement gaps. Investigate the nature, causes, and promising reactions to one of these gaps. (Note: your investigation should into one area, though you might have to address how one gap area might be connected to other gap areas).

• Career and Technical Education What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Charter Schools: What are they and what do supporters claim are their major benefits? What are their limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are their drawbacks?

• Constructivism: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Culturally Responsive Teaching: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks? Andersen * Foundations of U.S. Public Education Spring 2021 * Inquiry Assignment * 

 Essentialism: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Homeschooling: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Mastery Learning: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Online Learning in Secondary Education: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Portfolio Assessment: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Poverty in U.S. Education: How does poverty affect elementary and secondary education? What steps can be taken to help schools address issues of poverty?

• School Choice: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Social Justice Education: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• State Curriculum Standards: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks?

• Teacher Accountability Movement: What is it and what do supporters claim are its major benefits? What are its limitations or areas for improvement? What do critics claim are its drawbacks