How has schooling changed for citizens of different race, gender, creed, ability, language, and social class over time?
CREATE: A Succinct Timeline of the History of Public Education in the United States (This can be a video, document, prezi, slideshow, image, etc. but it is NOT a “paper”). Work individually or with peers. You are allowed to partner or team up in groups no larger than 5.
YOUR TASK (process): Communicate that you understand how we got to where we are today in public schooling (the ebbs and flows, the trends, the trajectory and pendulum swings of different values, ideas, approaches, policies in and around schooling and how they directly and indirectly influenced the lives and opportunities for various peoples, connected to democracy and society).
To do this, start by determining the zeitgeists of the different eras (broken up into whatever chunks of time you determine), through the analysis of the resources provided on Friday (and anything else you have found on your own or encountered in this course). What were the overarching or predominant spirits of the time (ethical, spiritual, political, social, cultural, technological, intellectual, economic, religious, etc) are for your time period in public education? Think about what people, events, policies, happenings may help to exemplify each zeitgeists? There can and probably should be overlapping and multiple Zeitgeists for different time periods (especially when you consider different perspectives).
Work individually or with peers. You are allowed to partner or team up in groups no larger than 5.
GRADING RUBRIC: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LlQbAiAKxcFc6tI1tUALfVTN9N5dEucatn2sMmkbCdc/edit?usp=sharingLinks to an external site.
SUBMIT LINK VIA EMAIL by 11:59 PM Monday to ajzenkert@boisestate.edu
YOUR TIMELINE (product) (this can be a video, document, prezi, slideshow, image, etc. See more details below).
a. It should be broken up into at least 5 “chunks” of time between 1600 and 2023, and no more than 10.
b. It must include a clearly articulated Zeitgeist or Zeitgeists (no more than 3) for each chunk of time.
c. It must include some sort of image/visual representation and metaphor for each Zeitgiest and/or time period.
d. Examples within each time period to support the Zeitgeists you have articulated.
e. The Zeitgeists, images, metaphors should demonstrate your understanding; The examples will help me see who and what you considered.
d. You may do voice over to help clarify/articulate.
Details: There are comic generators, timeline generators, stop-motion generators, and other such tools. Play-doh and legos are also options (you’d have to video; no more than 5 min). Maybe you create a slideshow or prezi with voice over. Some students have created a tribute to Sir Ken Robinson by doing a white board animation and speeding it up a little to represent their timeline. Here are some other resources:
https://visme.co/blog/timeline-template/Links to an external site.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsYMuodqejwLinks to an external site.
https://prezi.com/l/free-virtual-timeline-presentation-template/Links to an external site.
https://slidesgo.com/theme/timeline-infographicsLinks to an external site.
The key is that when you present your timeline you have created something beyond words to demonstrate your understanding of what has happened over time, and that instead of showing that you memorized everything or “know” every fact, you demonstrate that you can create and present in terms of zeitgeist and metaphor, so that it is clear to anyone viewing, especially someone who knows nothing about this topic (in line with the rubric), that you understand, big picture, What and who shaped education in this country and how and why was this done? What were the original purposes of schooling in this country and how have they changed or stayed the same over time and why?Who is and who is not being served by this schooling system?
Also consider these things (not to be answered directly, but to guide your thinking and planning):
-How has schooling changed for citizens of different race, gender, creed, ability, language, and social class over time? Are there trends?
-What have some different models and approaches to schooling been?
-How have world events shaped/contributed to what is focused on in public schools?
-What roles have legislation, research, history, reports, media, court cases, and philosophies/theories played? Was there any “propaganda?”
-How have schools been funded/who could attend and how has that changed?
-What about what we understand and believe about learning and assessment?
-Who were some influential people?
-Have you considered different perspectives and experiences? Whose?
MORE DETAILS/POINTERS:
Zeitgeist Definition
Time & Spirit (from German)
Guardian Spirit of the Age (from Latin)
“Spirit of the time” (the definition we will use)
The mood, ambiance, ethic, trend, movement or morals of a time or an era.
Could include the ethical, spiritual, political, social, cultural, intellectual, economic, religious, moral direction and/or climate of varying group(s).
More Considerations
When thinking about the history of public education and schooling in this country, please consider the following things:
Intention, Interpretation, Implementation (when viewing a policy and its outcomes, what was intended? How was that interpreted? How was it implemented, and by whom?
What are the differences between Indoctrination and Education?
The idea, “First to understand, then to change” and the role it plays for you as a citizen and educator and what you are trying to learn and understand.
The role that data should have played/has played in crafting policy, historically.
The purposes of schooling and the adage, “First to be ruled, then to rule” as a purpose of schooling, policy, law.
The purposes of schooling and the adage “First to understand, then to change.”