[UCP Books]: Education and Equality


Education and Equality

Danielle Allen

With comments by Tommie Shelbie, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Michael Rebell, and Quiara Alegría Hudes

Published by University of Chicago Press


US: June 14, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-226-37310-2 $30.00
UK: June 27, 2016 160 pages ▪ Cloth £21.00

American education as we know it today—guaranteed by the state to serve every child in the country—is still less than a hundred years old. It’s no wonder we haven’t agreed yet as to exactly what role education should play in our society. In Education and Equality, Danielle Allen examines the impasse between vocational and humanistic approaches that has plagued discussions of education and its goals, offering a compelling proposal to finally resolve the dispute.

Allen argues that education plays a crucial role in the cultivation of political and social equality and economic fairness, but that we have lost sight of exactly what that role is and should be. Drawing on thinkers such as John Rawls and Hannah Arendt, she re-links education to ideas of equality. From there, she turns to civic education, focusing on the need to reorient education toward readying students for lives as democratic citizens. Deepened by commentaries from leading thinkers Tommie Shelby, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Michael Rebell, and Quiara Alegría Hudes that touch on issues ranging from globalization to law to empowerment, this book offers a critical clarification of just how important education is to democratic life, as well as a stirring defense of the humanities.


Danielle Allen is the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and professor of government and education at Harvard University. The recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, she is the author of many books, most recently Our Declaration, and coeditor of From Voice to Influence and Education, Justice, and Democracy, the latter two published by the University of Chicago Press. Contact Ryo Yamaguchi ryamaguchi@press.uchicago.edu / 773. 834.8708 for more information.


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