ARC Seminar: Debbie Sonu

Thursday, May 4, 2023

4:00 pm — 5:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

“Breaking the Banks: ReImagining the Teaching of Economic Inequality and Social Class to Young Children”

Admission Price



In-Person: Registration not required.  

Online: Register here (to participate in this and other ARC Seminars via Zoom). 

This is a hybrid event. 
Participants may choose to attend in person at the CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5318, or online via Zoom (link provided upon registration).  

At the center of this presentation is a year-long research study that examines if and how New York City elementary school teachers can break open economics as more than market exchange and advance new possibilities for a critical teaching of social class and inequality to young children. It critiques existing curriculum and standards in elementary schools that forefront neoclassical ideas of free market capitalism, disseminated in part by federal reserve banks, and instead uses concepts from racial capitalism and critical childhood studies to share how teachers mobilize their own curricular wisdom and knowledge to move students from rational decision-making to more care-driven engagements with systems and structures of economic inequality. This project includes survey data, teacher interviews, classroom observations, and short film documentaries. 

Debbie Sonu is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College and doctoral faculty the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research is in the areas of critical childhood and curriculum studies. 


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