School Choice: The Moral Debate / Edition 1

School Choice: The Moral Debate / Edition 1

by Alan Wolfe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691096619

ISBN-13: 9780691096612

Pub. Date: 12/09/2002

Publisher: Princeton University Press

School choice has lately risen to the top of the list of potential solutions to America's educational problems, particularly for the poor and the most disadvantaged members of society. Indeed, in the last few years several states have held referendums on the use of vouchers in private and parochial schools, and more recently, the Supreme Court reviewed the

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Overview

School choice has lately risen to the top of the list of potential solutions to America's educational problems, particularly for the poor and the most disadvantaged members of society. Indeed, in the last few years several states have held referendums on the use of vouchers in private and parochial schools, and more recently, the Supreme Court reviewed the constitutionality of a scholarship program that uses vouchers issued to parents. While there has been much debate over the empirical and methodological aspects of school choice policies, discussions related to the effects such policies may have on the nation's moral economy and civil society have been few and far between. School Choice, a collection of essays by leading philosophers, historians, legal scholars, and theologians, redresses this situation by addressing the moral and normative side of school choice.

The twelve essays, commissioned for a conference on school choice that took place at Boston College in 2001, are organized into four sections that consider the relationship of school choice to equality, moral pluralism, institutional ecology, and constitutionality. Each section consists of three essays followed by a critical response. The contributors are Patrick McKinley Brennan, Charles L. Glenn, Amy Gutmann, David Hollenbach, S. J., Meira Levinson, Sanford Levinson, Stephen Macedo, John T. McGreevy, Martha Minow, Richard J. Mouw, Joseph O'Keefe, S. J., Michael J. Perry, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Rosemary C. Salomone, Joseph P. Viteritti, Paul J. Weithman, and Alan Wolfe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691096612
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/09/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
986,863
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Defining Equity: Politics, Markets, and Public Policy13
Ch. 2The Irony of School Choice: Liberals, Conservatives, and the New Politics of Race31
Ch. 3Equity and School Choice: How Can We Bridge the Gap between Ideals and Realities?51
Response70
Ch. 4Separating the Siamese Twins, "Pluralism" and "School Choice"79
Ch. 5"Getting Religion": Religion, Diversity, and Community in Public and Private Schools104
Ch. 6Assessing Arguments for School Choice: Pluralism, Parental Rights, or Educational Results?126
Response149
Ch. 7Educational Choice and Pillarization: Some Lessons for Americans from the Dutch Experiment in "Affirmative Impartiality"155
Ch. 8Protecting and Limiting School Distinctiveness: How Much of Each?173
Ch. 9Catholic Schools and Vouchers: How the Empirical Reality Should Ground the Debate195
Response211
Ch. 10Parents, Partners, and Choice: Constitutional Dimensions of School Options217
Ch. 11What Does the Establishment Clause Forbid? Reflections on the Constitutionality of School Vouchers231
Ch. 12Charting a Constitutional Course between Private Values and Public Commitments: The Case of School Vouchers244
Response271
Contributors279
Notes285
Index343

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