ERIC Number: ED250768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Pluralism, Equal Liberty, and Public Education.
It is suggested that the right to educational choice and the absence of majority control of the content of schooling are both essential to preserving pluralism in American education; however, public schools rarely encourage meaningful diversity. Further, there is an absence of educational choice for most American families due to the fact that American school finance systems must tax and spend in a way that discriminates against the non-rich in matters of school choice. A blueprint for redesigning the structure of public education is needed to end the majority control of school policy, especially content, and to reclaim educational liberty as an instrument of diversity and individual liberty rather than as a tool of economic discrimination and racism. A foundational redesign would require a separation of school and state, with the following delineations: (1) establishment of free choice in education, making it possible for every family to secure education of their child in any school in the state meeting the education requirements; (2) limitation of government school requirements to two categories--those that do not substantially affect the content of education, such as days per year, health and safety, attendence reporting, etc. and content requirements which can be justified as being of fundamental importance to society, i.e., guaranteeing equal access to education regardless of race, requiring reading and writing achievement or knowledge of the principles of constitutional government; and (3) provision of a clear and enforceable policy that racial discrimination in schooling is illegal. (DCS)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Court Litigation, Discriminatory Legislation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foundations of Education, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Intellectual Freedom, Public Education, School Choice, School Taxes, Values Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Marshner, Connaught, Ed. A Blueprint for Education Reform. p39-58. For the complete document, see EA 017 236.