ERIC Number: EJ1028406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Must a Developed Democratic State Fully Resource Any Tertiary Education for Its Citizens?
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v46 n3 p269-283 2014
This article takes a parsimonious conception of a developed State operating under a minimalist conception of democracy and asks whether such a State must fully resource any tertiary (post-compulsory) education for its citizens A key public policy barrier to arguing an absolute obligation for the State to resource any tertiary education is considered; namely, the fact of scarce resources creating competing obligations for the State. This article argues even a minimalist conception of democracy requires that States fully resource some tertiary (post-compulsory) education, regardless of whether directing resources away from other public needs results in the non-prevention of some avoidable suffering and death. A policy recommendation for resourcing this education is considered, and an alternative policy proposed.
Descriptors: Democracy, Educational Policy, Barriers, Educational Finance, Ethics, Higher Education, Equal Education, Government Role, Financial Support, Educational Opportunities, Resource Allocation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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