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McGinn, Kathryn C.; Ben-Porath, Sigal – Theory and Research in Education, 2014
Implementing school choice programs and bolstering parental engagement are both frequently touted as critical steps in improving educational outcomes in US schools. Many policy makers contend that by providing parents with more schooling options for their children, parents will become more involved in their children's education, resulting in…
Descriptors: School Choice, Parent Participation, Performance Factors, Barriers
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Ben-Porath, Sigal – Theory and Research in Education, 2013
The expectation that schools resuscitate civic virtues and create a vibrant civic and public sphere competes with a more powerful contemporary demand on schools, namely, that they generate equal opportunity and mobility, especially for poor and minority youth. This equal opportunity is framed solely in the context of grades on standardized tests.…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Civics, Equal Education, Academic Achievement
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Ben-Porath, Sigal – Theory and Research in Education, 2012
This article examines the rationales for school choice, and the significance of choice mechanisms for racial disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes. It identifies tensions between liberty-based rationales and equality-based rationales, and surveys research findings on the outcomes of school choice policies, especially with regard to…
Descriptors: School Choice, Racial Composition, Educational Opportunities, Outcomes of Education
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Ben-Porath, Sigal – Theory and Research in Education, 2007
Should patriotism be considered a legitimate part of schooling in a democracy? This question has been contested in the scholarly literature as well as by policy-makers for decades. Terrorism and conflict exacerbate this debate by adding a sense of urgency to both the demand to love thy country and the concern for individual freedom. In this…
Descriptors: Patriotism, Democracy, Conflict, Moral Values