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ERIC Number: EJ725596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-1
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
School Choice and Public Education in a Liberal Democratic Society
McLaughlin, Terence
American Journal of Education, v111 n4 p442 Aug 2005
This article explores from a broadly philosophical perspective a range of complexities of normative judgment relating to "school choice" in a liberal democratic society. It is argued that "heavy" conceptions of public education in such societies play an important role in philosophical discussions of school choice by indicating constraints and limits to school choice arising from the specification of an educational entitlement that should be secured for all students. The article also argues that forms of practical judgment by teachers and educational leaders at the classroom and school level are central to the interpretation and implementation of such "heavier" forms of educational influence. Attention to this neglected point is argued to be of significance for the deployment of arguments regarding heavier conceptions of public education in debates relating to school choice. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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