ERIC Number: ED186986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Educational Vouchers and Their Implications for Equity. Program Report No. 80-B2.
There has always been a tension in any form of democracy between the public good, majoritarian consensus, and the rights of minority groups and individuals. Some proponents of educational voucher plans suggest that putting more control in the hands of individuals through a laissez faire educational system will be in the public interest. John Coons and Stephen Sugarman claim that the family is the ideal educational decision-maker, that the best interest of the child must be given priority in educational decision-making, that this "best interest" lies in the development of the individual's autonomy, and that the quality of education will improve if educational suppliers must meet the demands of their clients. Coons and Sugarman also argue that educational diversity would foster a consensus supporting the present political system, would prove more democratic, and would reduce racism while increasing integration. These claims have no basis in established fact, but instead form a political argument that appeals to the currently popular but conflicting desires held by a number of widely divergent groups across the country. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.
Identifiers: Coons (John); Sugarman (Stephen)