By Harry Brighouse, James Tooley, Kenneth R. Howe, Graham Haydon

ISBN-10: 144118483X

ISBN-13: 9781441184832

This identify considers the philosophical debates surrounding equality and schooling. "Educational Equality and the hot Selective education" via Harry Brighouse used to be at the beginning released through the Philosophy of schooling Society of significant Britain in 2000. during this new version, Brighouse has up to date his argument, Kenneth R Howe and James Tooley have contributed counter-arguments and Graham Haydon has supplied a foreword and afterword drawing the debates jointly. the problems debated during this new version of 'Educational Equality" contain: what's academic Equality? Why Does academic Equality subject? And is academic Equality attainable? "Educational Equality" increases matters with a view to be of curiosity to all taken with academic equality, together with academics, coverage makers and educationalists. This leading edge sequence is addressed to practitioners and policy-makers. It highlights the serious views that philosophy can convey to undergo on present schooling coverage and offers a full of life dialogue of the problems. It goals to stimulate debate and to give a contribution to raised expert academic projects.

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I then identify specific features that inhibit educational equality, and discuss reform proposals, which are not, of course, original to me, that would ameliorate equality, without jeopardizing other important values. In brief, although some other values are so important that efforts to achieve educational equality should not jeopardize them, this leaves ample moral space for governments to pursue educational equality aggressively. I have quite deliberately disregarded the preference of some readers to be able to read only about the country they inhabit, or that interests them, mainly because it was more natural for me to write in this, more integrated, way, but also because I think that even if you are interested in just one system, it can be illuminating to learn something from systems with which you are unfamiliar.

Whether a particular measure jeopardizes the realization of some value is fundamentally an empirical matter, one that is often hard to determine. Whether a given level of jeopardy to a value is acceptable or not depends on how important that value is relative to the value with which it conflicts in the circumstances. So we cannot fully evaluate education policy at the bar of educational equality without making some conjectures about the effects of policy on these other values and making 43 44 Educational Equality judgements about how important they are compared with educational equality.

However, as I shall show, when it is put in its proper place, together with other principles it guides us more precisely. I should mention two objections to the intuitive argument. The first is that we do not, intuitively, think there is anything wrong or unfair about people entering competitions with different levels of ability; intuitively we think that among competitors the most talented, hard working and lucky person should win. Certainly, among competitions that are voluntary to enter. But the labour market is not a voluntary competition; most of us are compelled to enter it, or pay the price of social exclusion and poverty.

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