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Two Philosophical Errors concerning School Choice
Oxford Review of Education
Vol. 23, No. 4 (Dec., 1997), pp. 503-510
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1050865
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In his contribution to a recent symposium on school choice David Hargreaves makes two philosophical mistakes concerning the design of educational policy. The first is that libertarianism--the presumption that choice and diversity are desirable in social institutions--implies the presumption that choice is desirable in the design of educational institutions. I argue that libertarianism actually implies a mild presumption against choice in education. The second is that the common good is a significant factor to be weighed when thinking about how to design educational institutions. I argue that because educational institutions must mediate quite strict obligations that all adults have to each individual child as a matter of justice, the common good must be at most a secondary consideration, of significance only when deciding between sets of institutions which do equally well at delivering our obligations.
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