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Liberating Education - Inside Out Prison Exchange Program

The class will meet during Spring Term 2017 at Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). The course will meet Monday evenings.  The course itself is three hours, and we also must allow for travel time, and for processing in and out of the building.  Travel to and from OSP will be in a van (or vans) (and/or regular cars) from University Motor Pool.  Students will be expected to share the driving responsibility. Attend one of our Information Sessions for the full details.

In the course, both inside and outside students will thoughtfully examine our deeply held, even cherished, notions of the role of education in our lives, democracy, and society.  What do we believe about public education and what is the source of that belief?  Second, we will critically question the actual role of our system of public education in our society today, and how it has evolved over time.  Final projects will ask students to envision an ideal public education system, one that is liberated from its historical assumptions and is able to provide liberation, rather than schooling, to all people.

Readings will span history, from Plato's Allegory of the Cave to recent books and articles, and include many important documents in between.

("K-12" drawn by a student in the Winter 2014 class)

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We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you attend one of the info sessions.  Also, see the Inside-Out Philosophy FAQ sheet and Logistics FAQ sheet. 

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