Monday, 22 October 2012

What would a socially just education system look like?: saving the minnows from the pike

an article by Diane Reay (University of Cambridge, UK) published in Journal of Education Policy Volume 27 Issue 5 (September 2012)


This paper first draws on the political philosophy of R.H. Tawney to outline some universal principles for the provision of socially just education.

It then moves on to a more pragmatic approach, analysing where the injustices lie in contemporary British education and outlining policies and practices that are socially just, not in an instrumental neoliberal sense but in terms of more egalitarian social democratic and socialist traditions.

The final section of the paper focuses on Finland as the closest example of a socially just education system, before arguing for a rethinking and reworking of Tawney’s educational thinking for the twenty-first century.

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