Education, Inc. (SOC4104.02)

Debbie Warnock

In this course, we will examine the rise of market-based approaches to K-12 education reform in America. What are the theoretical arguments for implementing free market reforms in public schooling? What are examples of school choice policies and what are the consequences of these for students and families? How has the increased privatization and marketing of schools influenced the larger educational landscape? To what extent do free-market reforms contribute to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic segregation in schools? We will examine current research addressing all of these questions, including the role that politics plays in producing school choice scholarship. Students will learn to apply a variety of theoretical frameworks used to examine school choice policies, including Milton Friedman’s free-market capitalism, Albert O. Hirschman’s concepts of exit, voice, and loyalty, and organizational ecology.

Prerequisites: At least one SCT course, and permission of instructor. Send an email to, expressing your interest in the course and noting any related prior coursework, including previous SCT classes.
Credits: 2
M/Th 10:00-11:50 (second seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
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