Education, Justice, And Democracy

Paperback | March 4, 2013

EditorDanielle Allen, Rob Reich

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Education is a contested topic, and not just politically. For years scholars have approached it from two different points of view: one empirical, focused on explanations for student and school success and failure, and the other philosophical, focused on education’s value and purpose within the larger society. Rarely have these separate approaches been brought into the same conversation. Education, Justice, and Democracy does just that, offering an intensive discussion by highly respected scholars across empirical and philosophical disciplines.
 
The contributors explore how the institutions and practices of education can support democracy, by creating the conditions for equal citizenship and egalitarian empowerment, and how they can advance justice, by securing social mobility and cultivating the talents and interests of every individual. Then the authors evaluate constraints on achieving the goals of democracy and justice in the educational arena and identify strategies that we can employ to work through or around those constraints. More than a thorough compendium on a timely and contested topic, Education, Justice, and Democracy exhibits an entirely new, more deeply composed way of thinking about education as a whole and its importance to a good society.

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Education is a contested topic, and not just politically. For years scholars have approached it from two different points of view: one empirical, focused on explanations for student and school success and failure, and the other philosophical, focused on education’s value and purpose within the larger society. Rarely have these separate...

Danielle Allen is the UPS Foundation Professor of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She is author of Why Plato Wrote, The World of Prometheus, and Talking to Strangers, the last published by the University of Chicago Press. Rob Reich is associate professor of political science wi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:March 4, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022601276X

ISBN - 13:9780226012766

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Danielle Allen and Rob Reich

Part 1. Ideals

Chapter 1. The Challenges of Measuring School Quality: Implications for Educational Equity
Helen Ladd and Susanna Loeb
Chapter 2. Equality, Adequacy, and K–12 Education
Rob Reich
Chapter 3. Learning to Be Equal: Just Schools as Schools of Justice
Anthony Simon Laden
Chapter 4. Education for Shared Fate Citizenship
Sigal Ben-Porath

Part 2. Constraints

Chapter 5. Can Members of Marginalized Groups Remain Invested in Schooling? An Assessment from the United States and the United Kingdom
Angel L. Harris
Chapter 6. Conferring Disadvantage: Immigration, Schools, and the Family
Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco
Chapter 7. The Myth of Intelligence: Smartness Isn’t Like Height
Gregory M. Walton
Chapter 8. Racial Segregation and Black Student Achievement
Richard Rothstein

Part 3. Strategies

Chapter 9. Family Values and School Policy: Shaping Values and Conferring Advantage
Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift
Chapter 10. The Federal Role in Educational Equity: The Two Narratives of School Reform and the Debate over Accountability
Patrick McGuinn
Chapter 11. Reading Thurgood Marshall as a Liberal Democratic Theorist: Race, School Finance, and the Courts
Anna Marie Smith
Chapter 12. Sharing Knowledge, Practicing Democracy: A Vision for the Twenty-First-Century University
Seth Moglen

Notes
References
Contributors
Index

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Education, Justice, and Democracy is an important book.  By bringing together a range of well-known scholars from different disciplines, it provides exceptionally thoughtful analyses of the limits and possibilities of an education that is connected to democratic egalitarianism. Danielle Allen and Rob Reich are to be commended for their fine efforts in putting a book such as this together.”