What happens when students are marginalized by the traditional education system for reasons out of their control? Factors such as socio-economic status, problematic housing situations, or problems in family life all affect students’ abilities to comply with the traditional school schedule. This seminar will specifically examine the need for “alternative” schools to supplement the traditional system, as well as explore broad issues of education equity, social justice, and diversity. Through class discussions and experiential learning, we will consider the root causes of inequality and the attempted solutions by school districts, government institutions, nonprofits, and most importantly—individual tutors and mentors. Students in this seminar will tutor at a branch of the Interagency Academy, a Seattle Public School that serves non-traditional high school students.
The school is on 45th and 15th, across the street from the Burke Museum