How would your selected perspective(s) help to explain the workshops as described in the website’s text?
My professor said I did not discuss the Sociological Theories enough.
Students are assigned a series of 4 critical memos, each of which should be 3-5 double-spaced pages in length (not including references). Please post a copy of each memo to the corresponding assignment section of BBL on the assignment’s due date by the time at which it is due. Please use Microsoft Word software to create your memos and post them as an attachment so that I can comment on them using track changes. Please cite all of your sources in APA, Chicago, or MLA styles at the end of your memo. Each memo should consist of an introduction and 3 key parts: summary, application of concepts or theories from class and course readings, and your critical evaluation.
Because you are conducting analysis and reaching your own original conclusions, I ask that you include a thesis statement in your paper’s introduction paragraph (I paragraph).
Then, I ask that you summarize the source materials (whether an author’s argument, a policy or practice, depending on the assignment and the material you are using), that you discuss in your memo. Please summarize your source material briefly, describing its main argument(s), central point(s), and/or issues that directly pertain to your memo. This summary should concisely orient the reader to the material you are considering in this paper. It should be a minor part of your paper compared to the other components (from 2 paragraphs to 1 page at the very most).
Once you have clearly and succinctly summarized the materials to which you refer in this memo, please apply your selected concepts, theories or perspectives from class and course readings to the material you have already introduced. How do these help you to interpret and understand this material? What can you see in this material through the lens that these concepts, theories, or perspectives provide? Interesting issues or opportunities? Obvious contradictions or problems? A good or poor fit? An opportunity to extend or challenge the concept or theory? A hidden solution?
Third, and most important, is your critical analysis of the written material that you cite. This part of your memo builds upon the application of concepts and theories as discussed above. Please provide your own analysis of and reaction to the work. It is fine to say that you liked or disliked whatever you are analyzing (the point of view, policy, document, etc.), but that is not sufficient for these assignments. Please offer your own thoughtful analysis of what you have read based on the perspectives you have gained through steps 1 and 2 of this assignment. This analysis will ideally be reflected in your paper’s thesis paragraph (at the beginning of the paper).
Theory-driven analysis of contemporary schooling. In this memo you will be asked to explore the critical issue of Boston Latin School’s Deitch Leadership Program’s Educational Workshops for this memo, keeping in mind that BLS enrolls a student body that is somewhat racially and socioeconomically diverse (which you can learn about here https://www.bls.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=458888&type=d). In your analysis, please apply one or two (two at the most, since this is a short paper) theoretical perspectives from the following list: Functional Theory, Conflict Theory, Social Capital Theory and Cultural Capital Theory. In your memo, please address the following: 1) How would your selected perspective(s) help to explain the workshops as described in the website’s text? And, b) How useful do you find your chosen perspective(s) in understanding the workshops and the purposes they serve? Critical Memo 2 is due on Saturday, Mar 12 on BBL.