Students will role play and understand how family background constrains the educational opportunities of students from different racial, class, and other backgrounds.
By working in small groups students will weigh the school options based on the constraints of their family profile. They will compare their school selection with other group selections when all demographics and choices are written in a table on the board.
Students will understand how residential segregation and school zoning practices reproduce racial and class inequality in the education system.
Through in-class discussion and viewing a visual map of the geography of the families and schools, students will hear and debate how residential segregation and school zoning practices reproduce inequality (and optional post-class quiz to assess).
Students will understand how school choice opportunities (i.e. private and charter schools) may provide mobility pathways for some individual students but overall reproduce structural inequality by race and class.
By examining the different family decisions and through in-class discussion students will hear and debate different opinions about the impact of school choice on inequality for individuals and on a structural level (and optional post-class quiz to assess)