Educational Justice: Proseminar





This course will explore the kinds of experiences children should have in schools and how those experiences should be distributed. We'll proceed by examining key topics pertaining to educational justice, including competing principles of justice in the distribution of education (egalitarian principles, sufficientarian principles, prioritarian principles, etc.); competing reform agendas; the justifiability and relative priority of different educational aims (education for citizenship, education for career preparation, education for social justice, etc.); the family and its role in educational inequality; and higher education access. In addition to the philosophical contributions to these conversations, we'll read enough of the relevant empirical literature to provide a working understanding of the structure and consequences of schooling in the US. Finally, we'll explore some case studies that look at specific choices that arise in real time for educational decision-makers. These case studies highlight the moral dimensions of decisions about discipline, charter schools, special education, and school districting.

Additional Information:
Faculty: Regina Schouten
Semester: Full Spring Term
Time: Monday, 3:00 - 5:45 pm
PHIL 177