Course Schedule

Week 1 (1/19): Introduction urban and suburban schools

Al Jazeera “A tale of two schools”

David Van Taylor “Tale of Two Schools: Race and Education in Long Island

Week 2 (1/26): School Desegregation and White Flight

Minow, M. (2010). In Brown’s wake: Legacies of America’s educational landmark. New York: Oxford University Press. Ch. 1: What Brown Awakened, pp. 5-32.

Stuart Wells, Amy, Jennifer Jellison Holme, Anita Tijerina Revilla and Awo Korantemaa Atanda. 2009. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. Berkeley: University of California Press. Ch 1, 5, 6.

“The Problem We all Live With Part 1” This American Life Episode 563, Part 1

      Assignment 1: Personal Reflection due Weds. 1.27

Week 3 (2/2): The Rise of Suburbia and Schools

How did public policy support the expansion of the suburbs?  Who was left out of this opportunity?  What were government correctives to segregation?  What are their limitations?  How did the rise of suburbia interact with school desegregation?

Cohen, Lizabeth. 2003. A Consumers’ Republic. The Politics of Mass Communication in Postwar America: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Ch 5, p. 194-256.

Sugrue, Thomas. 2008. Sweet Land of Liberty New York: Random House.  Ch 13 “It’s Not the Bus, It’s Us”, p. 489-492

New Haven Magnet Schools Brochure (

Field Notes Sample TBD

       Conduct New Haven fieldwork observation 2/3 or 2/6

Week 4 (2/9): Choosing the suburbs as school choice

How do parent choices around schooling influence residential patterns in cities and suburbs?

Goyette, Kimberly, Danielle Farrie and Joshua Freely. 2012. “This School’s Gone Downhill: Racial Change and Perceived School Quality among Whites.” Social problems 59(2):155-76.

Holme, J.J. 2002. “Buying homes, buying schools: School choice and the social construction of school quality.” Harvard Educational Review 72(2):177-206.

Dougherty, Jack. 2012. “Shopping for Schools How Public Education and Private Housing Shaped Suburban Connecticut.” Journal of Urban History 38(2):205-24.

      Assignment 2 Field Notes Observation due 2/10

Week 5 (2/16): Desirability of the Suburbs Data Workshop

Hanlon, Bernadette. 2009. “A Typology of Inner‐Ring Suburbs: Class, Race, and Ethnicity in US Suburbia.” City & Community 8(3):221-46.

Owens, Ann. 2012. “Neighborhoods on the Rise: A Typology of Neighborhoods Experiencing Socioeconomic Ascent.” City & Community 11(4):345-69.

Peer review of Trinity student paper by Fri. 2/19

Week 6 (2/23) Uncomfortable integration in the new inner-ring suburbs

How are suburbs today integrating and not integrating?

Lewis-McCoy, L’Hereux. 2014. Inequality in the Promised Land. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press

     Assignment 3: Analysis of New Haven suburb due Weds. 2/24

Week 7 (3/1): School Choice Marketing New Haven & Coding Field Notes

Cucchiara, Maia. 2008. “Re-Branding Urban Schools: Urban Revitalization, Social Status, and Marketing Public Schools to the Upper Middle Class.” Journal of Education Policy 23(2):165-79.

Collected class field notes document

Week 8 (3/8): The Promise and Perils of School Choice

Friedman, Milton. 1997. “Public Schools: Make Them Private.” Education Economics 5(3):341-44.

Finn Jr, Chester E, Bruno V Manno and Gregg Vanourek. 2001. “Epilogue” from Charter Schools in Action: Renewing Public Education. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 248-264

Ravitch, Diane. 2011. “Ch7: Choice The Story of an Idea” The death and life of the great American school system: How testing and choice are undermining education: Basic Books.

      Assignment 3: School Choice Analysis due Weds. 3.9

*** Spring Break ***

Week 9 (3/29) Sheff vs. O’Neill in Connecticut: Living in a time of history

Eaton, Susan. 2008. The children in Room E4: American education on trial: Algonquin Books.

Dougherty, Jack.  2015. Sheff Integration: From Idea to Implementation

“The Problem We all Live With Part 1” This American Life Episode 563, Part 2

New York Times. 2015. “Fighting Racial Isolation in Hartford.” Pp. SR8 in New York Times

Final Assignment Prompt

Week 10 (4/5): Charter and District Models of Innovation

Kirp, David L. Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for Americas Schools. Oxford University Press, 2013. Introduction and Ch. 3

Kahlenberg, Richard D and Halley Potter. 2014. A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education. New York: Teachers College Press, p. 84-159

     Final Paper Prospectus Due Weds. 4.6

Week 11 (4/12): “No Excuses” Charter Schools & Disciplinary Culture

(Optional) Attend Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference 4/7-8

Thernstrom, Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom. 2004. No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning: Simon and Schuster. p. 43-80.

Golann, Joanne W. 2015. “The Paradox of Success at a No-Excuses School.” Sociology of Education 20(10):1-17.

Case Study: Success Academy

Moskowitz, Eva (2015) “Why Students Need to Sit Up and Pay Attention.” Wall Street Journal, Nov. 12.

Taylor, Kate. (2015) “At a Success Academy Charter School, Singling Out Pupils Who Have ‘Got to Go’.” New York Times, October 29.

Taylor, Kate (2016) “At Success Academy School, a Stumble in Math and a Teacher’s Anger on Video.” New York Times, Feb. 12.

Edit Trinity historical web essays by Monday 4/18

Week 12 (4/19): Private School Choice

Why do families choose elite private schools? How is the choice process motivated by similar/different causes than public school choice?

Khan, Shamus. 2011. Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.

Jack, Anthony Abraham. 2014. “Culture Shock Revisited: The Social and Cultural Contingencies to Class Marginality.” Sociological Forum 29(2):453-75.

     Gdoc Rough draft due for Trinity peer editing due Weds. 4.20

Week 13 (4/26): Urban Gentrification as School Choice & Class Conclusion

How are cities today integrating and not integrating?

Edelberg, Jacqueline and Susan Kurland. 2009. How to Walk to School : Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Education. Introduction.

Posey, L. 2012. “Middle-and Upper-Middle-Class Parent Action for Urban Public Schools: Promise or Paradox?” Teachers College Record 114:122-64.

Billingham, Chase M and Shelley McDonough Kimelberg. 2013. “MiddleClass Parents, Urban Schooling, and the Shift from Consumption to Production of Urban Space.” Sociological Forum 28(1):85-108.

Stillman, Jennifer “The Elephant in the Room,” Education Week, 2013

Final Paper due 5.6