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Three Red Herrings

Harry Brighouse

in School Choice and Social Justice

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257874
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598845 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257876.003.0003
 Three Red Herrings

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Examines, and refutes, three a priori arguments against school choice: the argument from commodification, the argument from democracy, and the argument from the common good. It argues that markets are inevitably involved in the delivery of educational services, and that although democracy is valuable its value does not justify the level of local control many critics of vouchers favour. It argues that a defensible notion of the common good cannot do the work required to ground a theory of justice for education, and is therefore not immediately pertinent to the evaluation of school reform.

Keywords: commodification; common good; democracy; local control; markets; public goods; school choice; school vouchers

Chapter.  7977 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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