ED 200 Week Four Part 2 (Fall 2020)

Hi Everyone,

Today is Choice Day! You will get to choose one of three different documentaries.

Last day we considered how schools might base their curriculum around the purpose of trying to solve community problems. This week we consider the idea of having curriculum having a focus on a particular student-interest.

So we ask ourselves, to what extent should curriculum be couched in students’ passions, goals, or interests? Perhaps you are particularly interested in the arts, or sports, or working is a trade. Should schools be trying to cater to your interests? Should schools specialize so that students can attend schools that focus on particular disciplines? What if there are particular risks involved?

Today you have a choice. You can choose one of the three documentaries that interest you most and then answer the accompanying question.

Choose one of the following: Choose either PS Dance! ,  or Job Centered Learning , or Football High .

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PS Dance!

Description
Step inside the halls of five NYC public schools and celebrate dance! Hosted by veteran TV journalist Paula Zahn, PS Dance! is a documentary that captures what happens when students have dance in their curriculum. The journey is one of imagination, curiosity, hard work and discipline. In these studios, dance is for every child.

Response Set Three

Question 5: What do you see as the value of incorporating dance into the school curriculum? Please give specific examples from the documentary that show positive outcomes.

 

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Job Centered Learning Full Video (56:59)

Description

Many political and business leaders have talked about the rising skills gap in the United States; a situation where there is a mismatch between the types of jobs that are available and the skills people are acquiring. This program takes a critical look at the wide range of career education opportunities that exist, and the ways in which high schools are addressing and closing the skills gap. Filled with examples of life-changing classroom experiences, this program adds to the national debate around the vitality of the US economy, and the role that schools can play in shaping a new generation of students, who are empowered with meaningful educational experiences to embark on fulfilling and worthwhile careers.

Response Set Three

Question 5: What do you see as the value of vocational education? Please give specific examples from the documentary that show positive outcomes.

 

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Football High Full Video (53:15)

Description

High school football has never had a higher profile, with nationally televised games, corporate sponsorships and minute-by-minute coverage on sports websites. FRONTLINE examines teams whose workout schedules, practices, and styles of play increasingly imitate the pros, and asks the question has the amped-up culture of high school football outrun necessary protections for the boys who play the game?

Response Set Three

Question 5: If you were the athletic director at your high school, given that you have a responsibility for your students, how would you manage some of the risks associated with football?

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Please add your question 5 response to your Response Set Three group. These will be due November 2nd.

I hope you enjoyed the documentary you chose.

See you next time 🙂