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She is particularly interested in the history of American education and the lives and work of early twentieth century women educators. Her research has also examined how women's history and African American history have been treated in K-12 curriculum. In addition, professor Bair is interested in orphan education programs in Pennsylvania following the Civil War and in the history of the Scotland School for Veterans' Children.
EDST 130 History of American Education
An examination of the evolution in the purposes, structures, and methodologies of formal and informal education in the United States from the colonial period to the present with particular attention to how marginalized groups have been educated. The course situates educational history within the broader context of social, political, and economic developments in the U.S. and considers ways in which education has been used to meet societal goals.This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and U.S. Diversity graduation requirement.
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Permission of Instructor Required.
EDST 391 Educ & Am Civil Rights Mvmt
Part of the Race and Education Mosaic, but open to all students.This course examines education as a focal point of the American Civil Rights Movement and explores the wide-ranging implications of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The course begins with a brief analysis of the segregated public school system that existed in the first half of the twentieth century, a system sanctioned by the “separate but equal” doctrine upheld in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), and considers the factors that led to the Court’s eventual reversal. Drawing from legal documents, memoirs, case studies, documentary films, and coverage in the popular press, we will examine desegregation from multiple perspectives including those of black teachers, principals, students, parents, Civil Rights activists, political figures, and organizations such as the NAACP and the White Citizens’ Council. In addition to exploring the implications of desegregation for individual students such as the Little Rock Nine, we will consider issues of busing, school closings, teacher transfers, and white flight. Finally, we will consider the extent to which the goals of school integration and equity have been achieved in American society today.