Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, And Decision-making by Harry BrighouseEducational Goods: Values, Evidence, And Decision-making by Harry Brighouse

Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, And Decision-making

byHarry Brighouse, Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb

Paperback | January 24, 2018

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We spend a lot of time arguing about how schools might be improved. But we rarely take a step back to ask what we as a society should be looking for from education—what exactly should those who make decisions be trying to achieve?
In Educational Goods, two philosophers and two social scientists address this very question. They begin by broadening the language for talking about educational policy: “educational goods” are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that children develop for their own benefit and that of others; “childhood goods” are the valuable experiences and freedoms that make childhood a distinct phase of life. Balancing those, and understanding that not all of them can be measured through traditional methods, is a key first step. From there, they show how to think clearly about how those goods are distributed and propose a method for combining values and evidence to reach decisions. They conclude by showing the method in action, offering detailed accounts of how it might be applied in school finance, accountability, and choice. The result is a reimagining of our decision making about schools, one that will sharpen our thinking on familiar debates and push us toward better outcomes.
Harry Brighouse is professor of philosophy, affiliate professor of educational policy studies, and Dickson Bascom Professor of the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Helen F. Ladd is professor emerita at Duke University. Susanna Loeb is the Barnett Family Professor of Education at Stanford University. Adam Swift is prof...
Title:Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, And Decision-makingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:January 24, 2018Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022651417X

ISBN - 13:9780226514178

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments


Part 1   Values
1          Educational Goods
2          Distributive Values and Independent Values
3          Achievement as an Educational Good

Part 2   Decision Making
4          Combining Values and Evidence
5          School Finance
6          School Accountability
7          School Autonomy and Parental Choice



Editorial Reviews

“Effective decision-making—whether educational or otherwise—requires not just weighing the evidence but also determining which evidence to privilege. This in turn requires making value judgments. This gifted team brings together insights from philosophy, political science, economics, public policy, and education to propose a framework for combining values and evidence for improved decision-making. Every education decision-maker—and every education researcher—would benefit from reading this book.”