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School Choice : The Moral Debate - Alan Wolfe

School Choice

The Moral Debate

By: Alan Wolfe (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th December 2002
ISBN: 9780691096612
Number Of Pages: 368

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School choice has lately risen to the top of the list of potential solutions to America's educational problems, particularly for the poor and the most disadvantaged members of society. Indeed, in the last few years several states have held referendums on the use of vouchers in private and parochial schools, and more recently, the Supreme Court reviewed the constitutionality of a scholarship program that uses vouchers issued to parents. While there has been much debate over the empirical and methodological aspects of school choice policies, discussions related to the effects such policies may have on the nation's moral economy and civil society have been few and far between. "School Choice," a collection of essays by leading philosophers, historians, legal scholars, and theologians, redresses this situation by addressing the moral and normative side of school choice.

The twelve essays, commissioned for a conference on school choice that took place at Boston College in 2001, are organized into four sections that consider the relationship of school choice to equality, moral pluralism, institutional ecology, and constitutionality. Each section consists of three essays followed by a critical response. The contributors are Patrick McKinley Brennan, Charles L. Glenn, Amy Gutmann, David Hollenbach, S. J., Meira Levinson, Sanford Levinson, Stephen Macedo, John T. McGreevy, Martha Minow, Richard J. Mouw, Joseph O'Keefe, S. J., Michael J. Perry, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Rosemary C. Salomone, Joseph P. Viteritti, Paul J. Weithman, and Alan Wolfe.

"I doubt that anyone who reads [School Choice] will ever participate in, or listen to, prosaic debates on school choice in the same way again. What most excited me about this work was its reflection of a broader truth of the American political arena--the sometimes antithetical, yet equally legitimate, value frameworks that inform policy decision-making: liberty versus equality; community versus efficiency, and so on... The ideas at play here illuminate far more than the worth of school vouchers."--Francine Sanders Romero, The Law and Politics Book Review

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Defining Equity: Politics, Markets, and Public Policyp. 13
The Irony of School Choice: Liberals, Conservatives, and the New Politics of Racep. 31
Equity and School Choice: How Can We Bridge the Gap between Ideals and Realities?p. 51
Responsep. 70
Separating the Siamese Twins, "Pluralism" and "School Choice"p. 79
"Getting Religion": Religion, Diversity, and Community in Public and Private Schoolsp. 104
Assessing Arguments for School Choice: Pluralism, Parental Rights, or Educational Results?p. 126
Responsep. 149
Educational Choice and Pillarization: Some Lessons for Americans from the Dutch Experiment in "Affirmative Impartiality"p. 155
Protecting and Limiting School Distinctiveness: How Much of Each?p. 173
Catholic Schools and Vouchers: How the Empirical Reality Should Ground the Debatep. 195
Responsep. 211
Parents, Partners, and Choice: Constitutional Dimensions of School Optionsp. 217
What Does the Establishment Clause Forbid? Reflections on the Constitutionality of School Vouchersp. 231
Charting a Constitutional Course between Private Values and Public Commitments: The Case of School Vouchersp. 244
Responsep. 271
Contributorsp. 279
Notesp. 285
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9780691096612
ISBN-10: 0691096619
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 29th December 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51