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School Choice and Social Justice

Harry Brighouse


Defends a theory of social justice for education from within an egalitarian version of liberalism. The theory involves a strong commitment to educational equality, and to the idea that children's rights include a right to personal autonomy. The book argues that school reform must always be evaluated from the perspective of social justice and applies the theory, in particular, to school choice proposals. It looks at the parental choice schemes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in England and Wales, and argues that they fall short of the requirements of justice, but that not all such schemes must do ... More

Keywords: children's rights, educational equality, egalitarianism, liberalism, parental choice, personal autonomy, school choice, school reform, school vouchers, social justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257874
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199257876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Brighouse, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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