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School Choice and Social Justice

reviewed by Chris Lubienski - 2003

coverTitle: School Choice and Social Justice
Author(s): Harry Brighouse
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford
ISBN: 0198295863, Pages: 222, Year: 2000
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Many observers note with some frustration that policy debates around school choice would be better informed by more empirical research.  Yet Harry Brighouse’s thoughtful book, School Choice and Social Justice, is an effective reminder of the serious theoretical work that needs to be done regarding the arguments around these reforms.  This provocative contribution to the thinking on education policy offers an articulate philosophical perspective on the potential of choice to serve just ends.   Brighouse outlines the numerous inadequacies with the “generic” rationale for school choice (chapter 2), before arguing that certain concerns typically raised by liberal-leftists in challenging school choice — the common good, commodification, democratic control — are either misguided or have no real place in the design of education institutions (chapter 3).  While others on the left have suggested that choice may equalize opportunity (e.g., Coons & Sugarman, 1978; Gintis, 1995; Jencks, 1972), Brighouse’s case is grounded in a particular brand of egalitarian liberalism more commonly seen in philosophy than education policy.  The liberalism Brighouse espouses is of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 109-113
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10917, Date Accessed: 9/24/2021 7:38:38 PM

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  • Chris Lubienski
    Iowa State University
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    CHRIS LUBIENSKI is Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. He studies historical and comparative perspectives on education policy and his recent work on the public nature of charter schools appeared in the Teachers College Record. He is currently examining innovation in autonomous schools.
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