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Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education, Mini-Course IV: School Choice

Mini-Course IV: School Choice

Cost: Free


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About this Course This is the fourth in a sequence of four mini-courses, releasing on February 9th, 2015. This mini-course focuses on alternatives to public schools in the United States. There has been a rapid expansion of school choice in U.S. education. Charter schools now serve over five percent of the public school population, voucher programs have been introduced in many states, and digital education has captured the attention of educators across the country. What is the theoretical basis for these innovations? How effective are the early initiatives? How do parents decide what is best for their children? And how do all of these options affect the students who remain in traditional public schools? With the help of several scholars and participants in these new ventures, we will discuss the ways in which these school choice initiatives are re-shaping U. S. education. The mini-course contains five lectures, with most lectures divided into three videos. The mini-courses also include assigned readings, discussion forums, and assessments. This is the fourth mini-course in a four-course sequence. Mini-Course I: History and Politics of U.S. Education can be found here. Mini-Course II: Teacher Policies can be found here. Mini-Course III: Accountability and National Standards can be found here. HarvardX pursues the science of learning. By registering as an online learner in an HX course, you will also participate in research about learning. Read our research statement to learn more. WAYS TO TAKE THIS EDX COURSE FOR FREE: Audit This Course Audit this course for free and have complete access to all the course material, activities, tests, and forums. If your work is satisfactory and you abide by the Honor Code, you'll receive a personalized Honor Code Certificate to showcase your achievement. WAYS TO TAKE THIS COURSE FOR A FEE: Earn a Verified Certificate of Achievement Looking to test your mettle? Do you plan to use your completed coursework for job applications, promotions or school applications? Then you may prefer to work towards an edX personalized Certificate of Achievement to document your accomplishment. It is a great way to document your accomplishment. You may switch into this option at any time before the mini-course finishes on March 9th. In order to achieve a certificate, however, you must complete the mini-course requirements by March 9th. Earn Harvard Credit Optionally, you can enroll in the traditional, semester-long course at Harvard Extension School. Courses are offered in fall or spring semesters, or both. You have the option to enroll for undergraduate or graduate credit and will receive grades on a Harvard transcript. Learn more about the course on the Harvard Extension School website.


  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructor: Paul E. Peterson
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: EdX

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