Education, Justice, and Democracy (Hardback)
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Education, Justice, and Democracy (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 26/04/2013
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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.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226012629
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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This outstanding book is beautifully arranged, with logical threads tying each section and each essay to the next. The essays are of perfect length, allowing the reader to consider complex issues and ideas in depth without being overwhelmed by the content. In keeping with the message of participatory democracy, the book ties theory to practice, acknowledges that there is often a gap between policy and practice, and opens avenues for the relationship of ideals, constraints, and strategies for on the ground democratic change. The content of the book is provocative and creative, breathing new life into debates that might otherwise become discouraging or tiresome. My only concern is that this important collection of advanced and articulate essays might be unlikely to find its way to practitioners outside of the academy or readers new to educational philosophy and policy analysis. It is up to those fortunate enough to read this book, and I hope there are many, to act on its content and extend it to as many others as possible. That this is a matter of urgency clearly resonates in the reminder from author Anna Marie Smith that, for our poorest and most deeply disenfranchised children in the United States, schools represent the only key to equal citizenship that lies within their grasp. The powerful messages of education, justice, and democracy in this book hold out a light of hope to inform and encourage all who remain engaged and committed to the essential struggle for equal educational opportunity.
--Beatrice S. Fennimore "Teachers College Record ""
The contributors assembled by Allen and Reich provide insight into such diverse topics as achievement, equality, citizenship, intelligence, family, immigration, segregation, and disadvantage. Seeking to ameliorate disciplinary fragmentation, the varying perspectives provide a framework that asks readers to consider ethical meaning as well as the empirical means of testing whether it has been attained. . . . The variety of perspectives presented would make this an ideal addition to a class exploring school and society or the philosophy of education. . . . Highly recommended.
--S. T. Schroth "Choice ""
"This outstanding book is beautifully arranged, with logical threads tying each section and each essay to the next. The essays are of perfect length, allowing the reader to consider complex issues and ideas in depth without being overwhelmed by the content. In keeping with the message of participatory democracy, the book ties theory to practice, acknowledges that there is often a gap between policy and practice, and opens avenues for the relationship of ideals, constraints, and strategies for 'on the ground' democratic change. The content of the book is provocative and creative, breathing new life into debates that might otherwise become discouraging or tiresome. My only concern is that this important collection of advanced and articulate essays might be unlikely to find its way to practitioners outside of the academy or readers new to educational philosophy and policy analysis. It is up to those fortunate enough to read this book, and I hope there are many, to act on its content and extend it to as many others as possible. That this is a matter of urgency clearly resonates in the reminder from author Anna Marie Smith that, for our poorest and most deeply disenfranchised children in the United States, schools 'represent the only key to equal citizenship that lies within their grasp.' The powerful messages of education, justice, and democracy in this book hold out a light of hope to inform and encourage all who remain engaged and committed to the essential struggle for equal educational opportunity."
--Beatrice S. Fennimore "Teachers College Record "
"The contributors assembled by Allen and Reich provide insight into such diverse topics as achievement, equality, citizenship, intelligence, family, immigration, segregation, and disadvantage. Seeking to ameliorate disciplinary fragmentation, the varying perspectives provide a framework that asks readers to consider ethical meaning as well as the empirical means of testing whether it has been attained. . . . The variety of perspectives presented would make this an ideal addition to a class exploring school and society or the philosophy of education. . . . Highly recommended."
--S. T. Schroth "Choice "
"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."--Michael Apple, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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