“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”
― Assata Shakur
What are the ways in which injustice is entrenched and embedded in educational spaces and structures, and what are the ways in which education reflects those injustices? Why do those injustices exist in the first place and what can/should/will be done about them?
This course will deploy the sociological imagination in an effort to understand the intimate links between education and inequality in a United States context. We will critically examine the ways in which systems of oppression engender and shape educational inequalities through an excavation of topical areas with an emphasis on race, class, and gender. The purpose of this course is to acknowledge and identify educational injustices so the process of deconstructing and dismantling them can be strengthened, re-envisioned, and reimagined for educational justice and transformation (and ultimately liberation).