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Views from Valerie Ashby’s class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Photo by Dan Sears.

In Europe and the US, public and private educational options exist at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Access to educational opportunities are not uniform, however; and no two students learn in exactly the same way. Therefore, challenges arise with regard to quality, equity, and funding. Public funding and stable home environments play a large role. This topic may be of interest if questions about curriculum, standardized testing, the arts, sports, and outdoor recreation matter to you. You may also be interested in knowing to what extent citizens in European countries and the US seek out education beyond what each country requires. In addition, you might wonder to what extent countries achieve successful outcomes as they educate citizens? What is the goal of education in these democratic states? This is a broad topic with many different components and angles. You may want to learn more by taking one of the relevant classes listed here and / or volunteering in some capacity with a relevant organization.

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Service Learning Classes to Check Out!


Other options:

EDUC 65. First-Year Seminar: School Daze: What’s School Got to do with Getting an Education?.
EDUC 121. Tutoring in the Schools I.
EDUC 150. The Science of Learning (Intensive).
SOCI 64. First-Year Seminar: Equality of Educational Opportunity Then and Now.


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