Educating Citizens: International Perspectives on Civic Values and School Choice

Educating Citizens: International Perspectives on Civic Values and School Choice

by Patrick J. Wolf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815795173

ISBN-13: 9780815795179

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

The United States is in the midst of historic experiments with publicly funded choice in K-12 education, experiments that recently received a "green light" from the Supreme Court. Other nations have long experience with the funding and regulation of nonpublic schools, including religious schools. This book asks what U.S. policymakers, public officials, and citizens

Overview

The United States is in the midst of historic experiments with publicly funded choice in K-12 education, experiments that recently received a "green light" from the Supreme Court. Other nations have long experience with the funding and regulation of nonpublic schools, including religious schools. This book asks what U.S. policymakers, public officials, and citizens can learn from these experiences. In particular, how do other countries regulate or structure publicly funded educational choice with an eye toward civic values—looking not only for improvements in test scores, but also in tolerance, civic cohesion, and democratic values such as integration across the lines of class, religion, and race?

The experience of Europe and Canada with school choice is both extensive and varied. In England and Wales, public school choice is widespread, as parents play a significant role in selecting the school their children will attend. In the Netherlands and much of Belgium, a majority of students attend religious schools at government expense. In Canada, France, and Germany, state-financed school choice is limited to circumstances that serve particular social and governmental needs. In Italy, school choice has just recently arrived on the policy agenda. In spite of the diversity of national experiences, in all of these countries choice is regulated by the government in significant and varied ways to promote civic values. In several of these countries, school choice policy itself appears to have played an important role in promoting social cohesion and integration. This book presents a wealth of experience designed to aid policymakers and citizens as they consider historic changes in American public education policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815795179
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction: School Choice, Civic Values, and Problems of Policy Comparison-by Stephen Macedo and Patrick J. Wolf 

PART I: COUNTRY CASE STUDIES 
2. Regulating School Choice to Promote Civic Values: Constitutional and Political Issues in the Netherlands-by Ben P. Vermeulen 
3. Private Schools as Public Provision for Education: School Choice and Market Forces in the Netherlands-by Anne Bert Gijkstra, Jaap Dronkers, and Sjoerd Karsten 
4. Regulation, Choice, and Basic Values in Education in England and Wales: A Legal Perspective-by Neville Harris 
5. School Choice Policies and Social Integration: The Experience of England and Wales-by Stephen Gorard 
6. Regulating School Choice in Belgium's Flemish Community-by Jan De Groof 
7. The Civic Implications of Canada's Education System-by David E. Campbell 
8. School Choice and Civic Values in Germany-by Lutz R. Reuter 
9. School Choice and Its Regulation in France-by Denis Meuret 
10. Italy: The Impossible Choice-by Luisa Ribolzi 
11. Do Public and Religious Schools Really Differ? Assessing the European Evidence-by Jaap Dronkers 

PART II: ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY 
12. Civic Republicanism, Political Pluralism, and the Regulation of the Pivate Schools-by William Galston 
13. Regulatory Strings and Religious Freedom: Requiring Private Schools to Promote Public Values-by Richard W. Garnett 
14. School Choice as a Question of Design-by Charles L. Glenn 
15. Regulation in Public and Private Schools in the United States-by John F. Witte 
16. A Regulated Market Model: Considering School Choice in the Netherlands as a Model for the United States-by Charles Venegoni and David J. Ferrero

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