ERIC Number: EJ794908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 1
The Puzzle of Parental Partiality: Reflections on "How Not to Be a Hypocrite--School Choice for the Morally Perplexed Parent"
Macleod, Colin M.
Theory and Research in Education, v2 n3 p309-321 2004
In this article, I offer a response to Adam Swift's book, "How Not to be A Hypocrite: School Choice for the Morally Perplexed Parent", by developing some reflections on the nature, value and limits of parental partiality. I address two main issues. First, I consider the issue of how we should interpret the character and value of parental partiality. I argue that treating parental partiality as a kind of disposition helps to illuminate its distinctive value and also explains why we tend to judge some illegitimate expressions of partiality more harshly than others. Second, I examine one of the justifications Swift views as valid for sending children to private school. I criticize Swift's contention that parents can be justified in sending children to private schools in order to secure for them a "fair chance in life". (Contains 2 notes.)
Descriptors: Private Schools, School Choice, Moral Values, Social Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Social Responsibility, Educational Opportunities, Access to Education, Social Influences
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