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Brighouse, Harry; Ladd, Helen F.; Loeb, Susanna; Swift, Adam – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
This article articulates a framework suitable for use when making decisions about education policy. Decision makers should establish what the feasible options are and evaluate them in terms of their contribution to the development, and distribution, of educational goods in children, balanced against the negative effect of policies on important…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Theories
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Swift, Adam – Theory and Research in Education, 2004
I reply to the more philosophical critiques of "How Not to Be a Hypocrite" (2003), published in this volume of "Theory and Research in Education". Against Elizabeth Anderson, I claim that unequal chances are unfair, and unfairness is bad, but acknowledge that its badness can be outweighed by other values. Distinguishing principled from empirical…
Descriptors: Private Schools, School Choice, Moral Values, Social Values
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Swift, Adam – Theory and Research in Education, 2004
Summarising the arguments of "How Not to Be A Hypocrite: School Choice for the Morally Perplexed Parent" (Routledge Falmer 2003), the article discusses three questions. The first is whether parents who disapprove of elite private schools to such an extent that they would vote to ban them are acting hypocritically or inconsistently with…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Parent Attitudes, Decision Making, Private Schools