Social Justice in Education: An Introduction

Paperback | December 15, 2011

byBarry L. Bull

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Are American schools socially just institutions?  Using the methods of political philosopher John Rawls, this book answers that question by arguing for four principles that express the basic purposes that Americans hold for their schools—principles of Personal Liberty, Democracy, Equal Opportunity, and Economic Growth. 

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Are American schools socially just institutions?  Using the methods of political philosopher John Rawls, this book answers that question by arguing for four principles that express the basic purposes that Americans hold for their schools—principles of Personal Liberty, Democracy, Equal Opportunity, and Economic Growth. 

Barry L. Bull is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Indiana University, in Bloomington

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.6 × 5.62 × 0.5 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230338984

ISBN - 13:9780230338982

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Table of Contents

The Nature and Importance of Social Justice in Education * A Political Theory of Social Justice for Education * Personal Liberty and Education: Families, Cultures, and Standards * Democracy and Education: Multicultural and Civic Education * Equal Opportunity and Education: Control of Schools * Economic Growth and Education:  The Financing of Education * Socially Just Education in a Representative American Community

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"This book is about theory, so it does not tell the reader what to do, but its careful analysis of the principles of social justice and educational practices leaves no doubt about what needs to be done.  The book is an exemplar of how the philosophy of education - sorely lacking in today's teacher preparation - can contribute to better practice."  --R.R. Sherman, Choice