Equality of Educational Opportunity

Liam Shields, Anne Newman, Debra Satz, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Jun 07, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I'm surprised to find such an article in an encyclopedia of philosophy, but in fact philosophers have addressed the subject over the years, and it is a matter of current philosophical import (hence my own involvement in the subject). What emerges is a generally fair-minded discussion of the issues behind the concept and varying perspectives. It begins by examining the value of education and the various concepts of equality of opportunity, including opportunity based on merit and opportunity based on fairness. It also examines why we would support such a concept: is it to aid flourishing, to support society, to fill the labour market or to promote citizenship. Finally, who receives opportunity: is it individuals, or groups? Image: DW.
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