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School Choice and Social Justice

Harry Brighouse

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257874
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598845 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257876.001.0001

Series: Oxford Political Theory

School Choice and Social Justice

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Defends a theory of social justice for education from within an egalitarian version of liberalism. The theory involves a strong commitment to educational equality, and to the idea that children's rights include a right to personal autonomy. The book argues that school reform must always be evaluated from the perspective of social justice and applies the theory, in particular, to school choice proposals. It looks at the parental choice schemes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in England and Wales, and argues that they fall short of the requirements of justice, but that not all such schemes must do so. It elaborates an abstract voucher scheme that would combine choice with justice, and offers ways by which actual choice‐based reform can be modified to meet the requirements of justice.

Keywords: children's rights; educational equality; egalitarianism; liberalism; parental choice; personal autonomy; school choice; school reform; school vouchers; social justice

Book.  232 pages. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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Liberal Theory and Education Policy in School Choice and Social Justice

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The Case for Choice in School Choice and Social Justice

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Three Red Herrings in School Choice and Social Justice

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The Case for Autonomy‐Facilitating Education in School Choice and Social Justice

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Objections to Autonomy‐Facilitating Education in School Choice and Social Justice

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The Case for Educational Equality in School Choice and Social Justice

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Objections to Educational Equality in School Choice and Social Justice

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School Choice for Social Justice? in School Choice and Social Justice

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