ERIC Number: ED278732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
The Choice--Equity Dilemma: A Partial Solution.
Seeley, David S.
Equity and choice are both fundamental goals of democratic education, and yet they are often in conflict. Giving poor families more choice in where they send their children to school would seem to provide immediate expansion of their equal educational opportunity, and yet the various policies that might implement such choices are seen as a serious threat to the health and even survival of a strong public school system, and therefore as ultimately subversive equity for poor families. Educational choice is fundamentally related to the following: (1) the right of families, whether rich or poor, to bring up their children in their own value systems; (2) successful learning; and (3) political empowerment to improve education when it is unsatisfactory. To overcome the inequity that results from poor people's effective lack of choice of private schools or exclusive public schools, education of a high enough quality to obviate parents' desire to choose a private school on grounds of quality alone must be provided, along with school choices that respond to parents' and students' values and concerns. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.