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Unit Three, Day 31 - Wednesday, November 1

What we'll do today in class:

Connection to course goals: The first activity helps generate issues appropriate for the Essay 4 context from the online education discussions. Sizer and Gatto will be another way of generating issues, and will also encourage turning the critical eye we worked on in Unit 2 upon the institution of education.


  1. Discuss issues found at the online discussion sites.
  2. (10-15 min)


  3. Discussion (group or class-wide) of main points in Gatto and Sizer to bring out new issues you can add to the list you generated on Thursday.

    Some possible points from each essay (but there are many more)



    (20 min)

  4. Compare Gatto's ideas with Sizer's for similarities and differences.

    (5-10 min)


  5. Assign groups for the topic presentations on Thursday. They'll be broken into five groups, with one group reading 2 essays.
  6. (NOTE: You'll probably want to assign groups for this activity. Don't necessarily put all the brighter students together, or anything that extreme. But make sure you've got some groups that won't complain about reading two essays, or having to read the longest essay)

    - Let the groups meet for 5 minutes or so during today's class to organize. They might want one or two people to focus on summary, and one or two to focus on generating issues.

    (10 min)



Your assigned essay

RC, Moffatt, "How College Students Choose Majors", p. 124

PHG, Estrich, p. 389 AND PHG, Ehrenreich, p.151

PHG, Petrie, p. 37

PHG, Postman, p. 394

PHG, Tannen, p. 480


Summary or list of issues - what your group agrees on in preparation for presentation.