The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Affiliated Courses

Sillerman Center also offers graduate-level course: 191HS-360F-1: Balance Wheel of the Social Machinery? Context and Contention in K-12 Education. It takes place at the Heller School and taught by Dr. Susan Eaton, Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy.

The course will review how more than 160 years ago, one of public education’s best-known founders, Horace Mann, told Massachusetts’ educational leaders: “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer...the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” More recently, in 2011, then-U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, told graduates of a college in Fayetteville, Georgia: “In America. . .education is still the great equalizer.” The intertwined objectives of this course are to 1) Interrogate this dominant narrative, which casts public schools as society’s “equalizers” 2) Identify and analyze major barriers that prevent schools from playing this transformative role and 3) By exploring a range of leading social-justice oriented solutions, build understanding of policies, practices and movements that aspire to push schools closer to an “equalizer” role for more people.

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