Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

FSEM 182   The American School
RestrictionsNo 2025 2024 2023
DistributionSocial Relations,Inst.& Agents
Core AreaNone

Faculty Profile for Professor Palmer

Provides an introductory exploration of issues concerning the educational system. It is designed for students to gain a critical perspective of the purpose and functions of the American school while at the same time drawing contrast and comparison to educational systems around the world. Embedded within this main theme, students investigate the historical foundations of education, socio-cultural influence upon academic achievement (e.g., gender, sexuality, race, economic status, ability), and educational policy decisions that play a major role in students' educational attainment and opportunity. Course materials support a variety of pedagogical methods. Students are encouraged to connect class readings and discussions to their personal schooling experiences, which allows students to acquire fresh and innovative perspectives on their educational foundations. Students who successfully complete this seminar will earn credit for EDUC 101 and satisfy one half of the social relations, institutions, and agents area of inquiry requirement.

John D. Palmer is a Professor of Educational Studies where he teaches social and cultural foundations of education Currently, he is the appointed Academic Director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Beyond Colgate University, he is on the board of two non-profits that serve recently resettled refugees in the Syracuse area -- The Boaz Foundation (educational services) and Building the Bridge Foundation (housing assistance) and serves as a deacon at the Korean Church of Syracuse where he is active with local missionary endeavors.