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Gottlieb, Derek – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2019
The ongoing attempts to measure educational quality, to hold schools responsible for their performance against these measures, and to use the resulting data to design improvement initiatives have yet to yield the promised results. A universal definition of "good education" seems to elude our grasp. Despite broad public support for…
Descriptors: Democracy, Accountability, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
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Hurley, Angela; McCloud, Jennifer – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2017
The authors begin this essay by sharing excerpts taken from two events at their own liberal arts institution. One was from an opening convocation in 1967, and the second from an accreditation visit in 2014. The two episodes have been presented in order to illustrate the major differences in the ways university experiences have been thought about…
Descriptors: Colleges, Neoliberalism, Language Usage, Educational Policy
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Bolyard, Chloé – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2015
Gert Biesta contends that managerial accountability, which focuses on efficiency and competition, dominates the current political arena in education. Such accountability has influenced states' developments of test-based teacher evaluations in an attempt to quantify teachers' efficacy on student learning. With numerous state policies requiring the…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Accountability, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Discipline
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Fraser-Burgess, Sheron; Rodgers, Keri L. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2015
If a teacher instructs with greater attention to improving students' performance in order to protect her employment rather than solely to advance knowledge or character, is she acting immorally? This question has historical roots in Socrates's famed animosity toward the sophists. Socrates maintained that sophistic teaching was immoral because the…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Accountability, Educational Philosophy, Teaching Methods
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Fitzgerald, Robert – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2015
The funding of public education in many states, especially Illinois, is characterized by inequity. The reality is that students across the state are subject to a disparity in fiscal resources between those attending schools in the wealthiest and poorest districts. The cause of this dilemma is threefold. First, Illinois has a school finance scheme…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Taxes, Educational Finance, Public Education
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Fraser-Burgess, Sheron – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
The author examines one particular systematic and normative theorization of social justice in Barry Bull's "Social Justice in Education." Bull embarks on a timely and ambitious theory-to-practice project of grounding an educational theory of social justice in Rawls's seminal, liberal, distributive justice tome. The author…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Democracy, Conflict, Theory Practice Relationship
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Stitzlein, Sarah M. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
Media portrayals and education policies have combined with anecdotes about charter school successes to produce a favorable assessment of charter schools by two-thirds of Americans. Such media celebrations often group an array of charter school types together, thereby disguising their differences. Indeed, the public seems unaware there are…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Educational Administration, Educational Philosophy
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Logue, Jennifer – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
While there is a whole field devoted to the widely esteemed enterprise of epistemology, until fairly recently much less attention has been given to "agnotology," the study of ignorance. Epistemologists of ignorance use the concept agnotology to signify the study of the making and unmaking of ignorance, as well as the task of…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Knowledge Level, Philosophy, Politics
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Hurley, Angela – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
Henry A. Giroux claims this to be the "worst of times" for US public education. Not alone in this judgment, numerous other scholars stand in agreement with him. These thinkers view the current corporate/accountability/testing movement, with its iron grip on public school policies, as disfiguring and disparaging the US system of public…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Policy, Educational Philosophy, Problems
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Kimball, Bruce A. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2012
The author wishes to thank Barry Bull for his excellent and stimulating paper, and he would like to pose five questions or points for his consideration in response. In preface to his first question, the author wants to say that he finds cogent and persuasive the discussion in the section "Issues for Political Liberalism in Higher Education" of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Justice, Political Attitudes, Educational Philosophy
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Ayers, William – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2011
In this article, William Ayers constructs his Phil Smith Lecture as a call to action. Grounded in democratic principles of equality and social justice, the author invokes a liberal conception of human worth and the universal right to educational opportunity. The author critiques the passivity of the American polity in the face of Barack Obama's…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Privatization, Singing, Democracy
Scalia, Joseph, III; Scalia, Lynne – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2011
In this essay, the authors propose that there are certain psychoanalytic insights, at the intersection of the clinical and of critical social theory, which become crucial at precisely the point of recognizing the hidden curriculum. They contend that it is at this point that a political actor, and an educator or educational theorist interested in…
Descriptors: Hidden Curriculum, Poverty, Educational Policy, Social Theories
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Novak, Bruce – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
In this paper, the author outlines what No Child Left Behind policy might mean first in personal then in philosophical terms. First, the author will trace a bit of Obama's own educational development: how he was first set on a personal educational journey and how, proceeding along with that journey, he eventually came to successfully elicit…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Federal Legislation, Presidents, Social Justice
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Heybach, Jessica – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2009
In 2006 the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) removed the phrase "social justice" from its glossary definition of dispositions. Initially, many educators were disappointed by what seemed like an abrupt removal of this educational value. But in the years since, little has been said or done to understand what, exactly,…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Change, Criticism, Language Usage
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Schee, Carolyn Vander – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2009
The "problem" of overweight and obesity among children and youth has received a tremendous amount of attention by government agencies, public health officials and within popular presses. The issue has been dubbed everything from a national epidemic to a global health crisis. Social policy solutions to the problem of overweight and…
Descriptors: Obesity, Body Composition, School Culture, Testing
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