Education and Freedom Dreaming

Education and Freedom Dreaming

In this FIG, we will explore the possibilities of rethinking K-12 education and our role in education change. We will discuss the complexity of schools and share our visions for justice and joy in the classroom.

Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:

UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit

EDST 111 Education and Social Change - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This class will provide an introduction to American education and social change. Our society faces an array of social, political, and economic challenges. Students will critically examine how we have arrived at this intricate moment in American schooling, as well as how social change has influenced schooling and vice versa. Students will evaluate historical, philosophical, and social viewpoints related to the purposes and goals of education. Additionally, students will compare/contrast multiple approaches to address a range of issues and problems in society. This course appeals to undergraduate students seeking to develop their understanding of the challenges and possibilities within the field of education as well as society.

ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Will present to students how race and racism shape the world, both in the past and in the present. Multidisciplinary study focusing on Americans of African, Asian, Latino, and Native American descent. Topics include group identity, language in society and culture, forms of resistance, migration, and social oppression. Will provide students with the ability to critically analyze today’s racial climate.