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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441184832
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/18/2010
Series: Key Debates in Educational Policy
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Christopher Winch is Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy at King's College London, UK.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface - Key Debates in Educational Policy Christopher Winch ix

Introduction Graham Haydon 1

Why discuss educational equality now? 1

The structure of this volume 6

Meritocracy 7

The benefit of the least advantaged 9

Notes 12

References 13

1 Educational Equality and School Reform Harry Brighouse 15

Introduction 15

How the education systems contribute to educational inequality 17

What is educational equality and why does it matter? 26

How much does educational equality matter? 32

Moving towards educational equality 44

Concluding comments 65

Notes 66

References 68

2 Educational Equality in the Shadow of the Reagan Era Kenneth R. Howe 71

Introduction 71

How education systems contribute to inequality 72

What is educational equality and why does it matter? 74

How much does educational equality matter? 77

Moving towards educational equality 84

Concluding comments 90

Notes 91

References 93

3 Moving from Educational Equality to Improving the Education of the Least Advantaged James Tooley 96

Introduction 96

What is educational equality and why is it desirable? 98

Middle-class families as barriers to educational equality 101

The illegitimate self-indulgence of parental partiality 103

The virtues of choice 106

The permissiveness of legitimate parental partiality 120

Conclusions 126

Notes 128

References 128

Afterword Graham Haydon 130

Meritocracy revisited 131

Values as motivating factors in individual behaviour 134

Revisiting the benefit of the least advantaged 137

The voice of equality in the conversation of citizens 139

Notes 141

References 141

Index 143

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