Leah Fair Rankin
Focuses on the study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Includes a service-learning component allowing students to engage with and write about social issues in applied ways.. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
This class is all about the educational achievement gap in the United States. We will take a holistic approach to evaluating the origins and persistence of this issue including non-academic factors like health care, nutrition, family situation, and racial/ethnic/class identification. By focusing on coverage of this topic in scholarly discourse through academic journals, public discourse through the news media, and community discourse (indirectly through these two outlets with the potential for direct experience through interaction at placement sites), students will be exposed to a wide range of perspectives on the topic and encouraged to pursue their own analysis of the issue by investigating questions such as:
• How late is too late to change a student’s attitudes about (higher) education? • What are some of the non-academic causes of the achievement gap and how are they linked? How tangible are these issues? • In what ways have recent policy decisions engaged the issue of the achievement gap?
Please note that this is a service learning course and hours spent in the community are a required component.
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