How Not to be a Hypocrite: School Choice for the Morally Perplexed Parent

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Routledge, Dec 8, 2003 - Education - 208 pages
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How not to be a hypocrite: the indispensable guide to school choice that morally perplexed parents have been waiting for.
Many of us believe in social justice and equality of opportunity - but we also want the best for our kids. How can we square our political principles with our special concern for our own children? This marvellous book takes us through the moral minefield that is school choice today.
Does a commitment to social justice mean you have to send your children to the local comprehensive - regardless of its academic results? Is it hypocritical to disapprove of private schools and yet send your child to one? Some parents feel guilty but shouldn't. Others should feel guilty but don't. Read How Not to be a Hypocrite, then answer the questionnaire, and work out where you stand on this crucial issue.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Choosing the school rules
7
What am I buying?
21
Whats wrong with selection?
34
The real world
48
Respecting parents rights
65
Conclusion to Part I
80
Legitimate partiality and school choice
96
How good is good enough?
114
The futility of individual choice?
136
Home affairs
153
Conclusion
166
Questionnaire on private schools
175
Further Reading
184
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Adam Swift is Fellow and Tutor in Politics and Sociology at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.

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