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Courses - Fall 2023
University Honors
Unequal Opportunity? Race and the Future of American Education
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
America's schools are dynamic microcosms of society at large. They simultaneously reflect, reproduce, and shape what happens outside of the classroom, including the many ways that racism affects us all. The educational mechanisms that operate for the benefit of some and to the detriment of others are often hard to see, often because they are hidden in plain sight. For example, national tests are standardized. When racialized differences in test scores appear, they are called "achievement gaps" and the disparity is attributed to essential differences or cultural deficiency rather than inequitable access and opportunity. In this course students will learn methods to critically examine such commonplace notions as the achievement gap and to document their effects on society. They will also develop strategies for self-reflection that enable them to confront inequity in their own educational experience and work to create change.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH238U is part of the Systemic Racism thematic cluster and pairs with HNUH238B to complete the cluster. Systemic Racism courses will be offered through Spring 2024.