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Blum, Lawrence – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
In this article, I argue (1) affirmative action diverts attention from more urgent needs of racial justice in education--better quality K-12 education, and better quality and more accessible public higher education; (2) the increasing wealth of students at affirmative action institutions is a sign of diminished quality of those students compared…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Student Diversity, Racial Relations, Social Justice
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Blum, Lawrence – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
Educational thought and research often operates with whole-race ("Black", "White", and "Asian") and whole-class ("low-income") categories. For both explaining disparities and assessing them normatively, it is essential to pay attention to subdivisions within those groups. Regarding affirmative action, on…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Race, Affirmative Action, Classification
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Blum, Lawrence – Theory and Research in Education, 2008
White privilege analysis has been influential in philosophy of education. I offer some mild criticisms of this largely salutary direction--its inadequate exploration of its own normative foundations, and failure to distinguish between "spared injustice", "unjust enrichment" and "non-injustice-related" privileges; its inadequate exploration of the…
Descriptors: Whites, Advantaged, Educational Philosophy, Social Justice
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Blum, Lawrence – Theory and Research in Education, 2007
Ben-Porath sees patriotism as involving attachment to fellow citizens as part of a shared fate community. Wingo places shared values at the center of patriotism. Miller argues that political ties to fellow nationals stemming from participation in imposing laws and policies on them will also generate obligations to non-nationals (especially the…
Descriptors: Patriotism, Definitions, Moral Values, Community Characteristics
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Blum, Lawrence – Theory and Research in Education, 2004
I take up Silliman's challenge to explore the "moral logic" of "structural racism" largely absent in my book, "I'm Not a Racist, But..." I criticize and build on Glenn Loury's account of the normative assessment of racial inequality by examining three factors generating such disparities in educational achievement--stereotyping, performance-based…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Race, Educational Practices, Multicultural Education