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Author Berner, Ashley Rogers, 1965-

Title Pluralism and american public education
Edition First edition 2016
Published [Place of publication not identified] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
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Description 1 online resource
Series Education policy
Education policy (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Contents Acknowledgments; Contents; Chapter 1: Introduction; What Happened?; What Now?; Why Now?; What I€Am€Not Arguing; The Book; Notes; Chapter 2: Educational Philosophies and€Why They Matter; In What Sense?; What Are Educational Philosophies?; Starting from€First Principles; Toward Plural Education; Notes; Chapter 3: Political Philosophies and Why They Matter; Democratic Educational Theory; From Political Philosophy to€Educational Practice; Summary; Notes; Chapter 4: American Constitutions and€Religious Schools; Major Themes in€Education and€Religion Cases; The Lemon Test
Part 1. Rigorous Academic CurriculaPart 2. Supporting Strong School Cultures; Strengthening the Advantages: Conclusion; Advancing Equity in€Plural Systems; Support Parents in€the€Process; Make Sure Funding Formulae Work for€Equity; Limits of€Pluralism: Summary; Notes; Chapter 7: Changing the€Frame; America and€Educational Pluralism; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (2002)When Funding Is Mandated by Congress: Yes; When Equal Access Is at Stake: Yes; When Public Schools Endorse Religious Belief: No; When the€State Impedes Free Exercise: No; Constitutionality: Conclusions; Notes; Chapter 5: Citizenship, Achievement, and€Accountability; Definitions; Summary of€Definitions; International Research; Research on€American School Sectors; Academic Preparation; Democratic Formation; The Why Question; Notes; Chapter 6: The Limits of€Educational Pluralism and€How to€Address Them; Strengthening and€Expanding the€Advantages
Summary This book argues that the structure of public education is a key factor in the failure of America's public education system to fulfill the intellectual, civic, and moral aims for which it was created. The book challenges the philosophical basis for the traditional common school model and defends the educational pluralism that most liberal democracies enjoy. Berner provides a unique theoretical pathway that is neither libertarian nor state-focused and a pragmatic pathway that avoids the winner-takes-all approach of many contemporary debates about education. For the first time in nearly one hundred fifty years, changing the underlying structure of America's public education system is both plausible and possible, and this book attempts to set out why and how
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-177) and index
Subject Charter schools -- United States.
Cultural pluralism -- United States.
Education and state -- United States.
Educational change -- United States.
Educational sociology -- United States.
Public schools -- United States.
Religion in the public schools -- United States.
Religious pluralism -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 113750224X (electronic bk.)
9781137502247 (electronic bk.)