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School Choice and Social Justice$
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Harry Brighouse

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257874

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199257876.001.0001

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Three Red Herrings

Three Red Herrings

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(p.47) 3 Three Red Herrings
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School Choice and Social Justice
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Harry Brighouse (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257876.003.0003

Examines, and refutes, three a priori arguments against school choice: the argument from commodification, the argument from democracy, and the argument from the common good. It argues that markets are inevitably involved in the delivery of educational services, and that although democracy is valuable its value does not justify the level of local control many critics of vouchers favour. It argues that a defensible notion of the common good cannot do the work required to ground a theory of justice for education, and is therefore not immediately pertinent to the evaluation of school reform.

Keywords:   commodification, common good, democracy, local control, markets, public goods, school choice, school vouchers

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