Education and the Law (21663). 2 or 3 units. The law suffuses -- some would say suffocates -- public and private elementary and secondary education. All three branches of government, at the state and federal levels, have a hand in every aspect of schooling. For example: Compulsory education -- at what ages should it start and end? What topics may be taught or not taught? Who may teach (and under what conditions of employment)? When and where students may (or must) say prayers, do drugs, speak their minds, and do other controversial things? What process is due when students -- or teachers -- are disciplined or when students are held back? How can and should schools work with children of different races, religions, language skills and conditions of disability (herein, for example, of special education and desegregation)? The regulation of bullying. The role (and efficacy) of charter schools and voucher schools. The financing and regulation of parochial and other religious schools. No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and other recent federal and state funding policies and state de-funding actions. These are examples of possible paper topics, along with education law developments abroad. A few guests from the field of education will meet with us during the semester, including those recommended by student participants. No examination. Students will be expected to discuss their paper topics (and present any outlines or drafts they have completed) at some point during the semester (preferably before the tail-end). Papers can be submitted for Supervised Analytic Writing, Substantial Paper, or "just a paper" credit. Paper required. Enrollment capped. J.G. Simon.
Note: The first meeting of this class will be on Tuesday, January 27.