ERIC Number: ED224159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Educational Choice and the Pains of Democracy.
Levin, Henry M.
There is a need for a common educational core to satisfy the requirements for reproducing a democratic society. Although historically the common schools were couched in the rhetoric of a common educational experience, democratic localism tended to undermine the commonality through a large number of antidemocratic practices. However, recent decades have witnessed successful attacks on many of these practices, leading to greater equity and homogeneity of the publc schools. This success in overturning some of the aspects of schools that undermine democracy and in creating greater uniformity in education has stimulated new searches for greater choice and influence in education. There are numerous public policy options that would increase parental and student choice within the common educational experience required to meet the social goals of schooling in a democratic society. Finally, there are intrinsic obstacles to using such private choice mechanisms as tuition tax credits and educational vouchers for addressing simultaneously both the social purposes of schooling and private educational choice. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Educational History, Educational Vouchers, Family School Relationship, Nontraditional Education, Open Enrollment, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, School Districts, School Organization, Tax Credits, Tuition
Publications, Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, School of Education, CERAS Building, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.
Note: Prepared for the Tuition Tax Credit Seminar (Washington, DC, October 22, 1981).