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ERIC Number: EJ1228492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Tracking in Secondary Education: An Educational Injustice
Cantu, Gerald C.
Theory and Research in Education, v17 n2 p202-212 Jul 2019
Secondary education schools in the United States routinely distribute differential educational provisions to students through a widely implemented tracking system. This article aims to show that this tracking system is unjust. It begins with a characterization of the tracking system as it is typically implemented in the United States, and its connection to distributive justice issues. The author then begins formulating an autonomy-based educational equality theory which is based on a conception of distributive justice requiring equal consideration of persons with reference to their needs. The greatest need of late adolescents in secondary education is the development of the capacities necessary for the exercise of autonomy. Adolescents in secondary education should, therefore, be given equal opportunities for the development of autonomy. Tracking in secondary education is proscribed because it violates the autonomy of late adolescents. In addition, taking the aim of autonomy in secondary education seriously requires postponing vocational choices until tertiary education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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