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Putting Educational Equality in Its Place

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  • Harry Brighouse

    () (Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

  • Adam Swift

    () (Balliol College, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford)

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Educational equality is one important value of justice in education, but it is only one. This article makes a case for a meritocratic principle of educational equality and shows that certain arguments against that principle do not justify rejecting it. It would be wrong to, for the sake of educational equality, undermine the value of the family or economic growth in ways that damage the prospects for flourishing of the least advantaged. But insofar as educational equality can be improved without harming those other values, it should be pursued; in practice, educational equality can be pursued effectively within the limits set by those values. © 2008 American Education Finance Association

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  • Harry Brighouse & Adam Swift, 2008. "Putting Educational Equality in Its Place," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 3(4), pages 444-466, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:3:y:2008:i:4:p:444-466
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    educational equality;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid

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