ERIC Number: ED176372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Equal Educational Opportunity: Ideal or Ideology?
Burbules, Nicholas C.; Sherman, Ann L.
This paper explores what it calls the inadequacies of the concept of equal educational opportunity. An introductory section reviews the dominant interpretations of the principle of equal educational opportunity. Then it presents an extended review and analysis of the major criticisms of the principle, under any of its interpretations. A final section argues the principle of equal educational opportunity as necessary--but not sufficient--for the just distribution of educational benefits. The paper concludes that the principle in itself is a worthy ideal but by itself stands as a limited and counterproductive ideology. Finally, the paper considers other principles that might be added to the principle of equal educational opportunity in order to render it necessary and sufficient for a just distribution of educational benefits. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Center for Educational Research at Stanford.