This course is concerned with exploring the relationship between school and society. Informed by the disciplines of anthropology and sociology, we will explore the following questions: What purposes do schools serve in contemporary America? How have American schools changed (or remained the same) over time? Why are American public schools organized the way they are? What subcultures are constructed in schools and how do they relate to the larger American culture? What counts as knowledge in schools? How do factors such as race, gender, and ethnicity impact schooling? Whose interests are served by previous and current movements for educational reform?