Social Justice in Education An Introduction

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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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. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Barry L. Bull is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. His research focuses on the moral and political justification of public policies in education. He has published on standards-based school reform, government control of schools, school finance, civic education, the professionalization of teaching, education for the gifted and talented, and other policies. Bull is the co-author of The Ethics of Multicultural and Bilingual Education and of Learning Together: Professional Development for Better Schools.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Nature and Importance of Social Justice in Educationp. 1
A Political Theory of Social Justice for Education: Liberty and Democracyp. 15
A Political Theory of Social Justice for Education: Equal Opportunity and Economic Growthp. 37
Personal Liberty and Education: Families, Cultures, and Standardsp. 65
Democracy and Education: Multicultural and Civic Educationp. 91
Equal Opportunity and Education: Control of Schoolsp. 117
Economic Growth and Education: The Financing of Educationp. 145
Socially Just Education in a Representative American Communityp. 169
Notesp. 187
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 197
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