Educational equality versus educational adequacy: A critique of Anderson and Satz

Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (2):117-128 (2009)
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Some theorists argue that rather than advocating a principle of educational equality as a component of a theory of justice in education, egalitarians should adopt a principle of educational adequacy. This paper looks at two recent attempts to show that adequacy, not equality, constitutes justice in education. It responds to the criticisms of equality by claiming that they are either unsuccessful or merely show that other values are also important, not that equality is not important. It also argues that a principle of educational adequacy cannot be all there is to justice in education.

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Harry Brighouse
University of Wisconsin, Madison


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