Social Justice in Education: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

Are American schools socially just institutions? Using the methods of political philosopher John Rawls, this book answers this question by arguing for four principles that express the basic purposes that Americans hold for their schools-principles of Personal Liberty. Democracy, Equal Opportunity, and Economic Growth. These principles are then used to analyze current controversies in American education policy and practice about curriculum content, instructional methods, education standards, civic education, control of schools, and school finance. It concludes that in each arena prevailing practice falls to attain Americans' political ideals for their schools and suggests strategies for remedying that failure.

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"This book is about theory, so it does not tell the reader what to do, but its careful analysis of the principles of social justice and educational practices leaves no doubt about what needs to be done.  The book is an exemplar of how the philosophy of education - sorely lacking in today's teacher preparation - can contribute to better practice."  --R.R. Sherman, Choice
 
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230606500
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry L. Bull is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Indiana University, in Bloomington

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Nature and Importance of Social Justice in Education 1

2 A Political Theory of Social Justice for Education: Liberty and Democracy 15

3 A Political Theory of Social Justice for Education: Equal Opportunity and Economic Growth 37

4 Personal Liberty and Education: Families, Cultures, and Standards 65

5 Democracy and Education: Multicultural and Civic Education 91

6 Equal Opportunity and Education: Control of Schools 117

7 Economic Growth and Education: The Financing of Education 145

8 Socially Just Education in a Representative American Community 169

Notes 187

References 193

Index 197

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