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Educational Goods

Values, Evidence, and Decision-Making

Harry Brighouse, Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift

Educational Goods

Harry Brighouse, Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift

192 pages | 8 halftones, 4 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226514178 Will Publish December 2017
Cloth $82.50 ISBN: 9780226514031 Will Publish December 2017
E-book $27.50 ISBN: 9780226514208 Will Publish December 2017
We spend a lot of time arguing about how schools might be improved. But we rarely take a step back to ask what we as a society should be looking for from education—what exactly should those who make decisions be trying to achieve?
 
In Educational Goods, two philosophers and two social scientists address this very question. They begin by broadening the language for talking about educational policy: “educational goods” are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that children develop for their own benefit and that of others; “childhood goods” are the valuable experiences and freedoms that make childhood a distinct phase of life. Balancing those, and understanding that not all of them can be measured through traditional methods, is a key first step. From there, they show how to think clearly about how those goods are distributed and propose a method for combining values and evidence to reach decisions. They conclude by showing the method in action, offering detailed accounts of how it might be applied in school finance, accountability, and choice. The result is a reimagining of our decision making about schools, one that will sharpen our thinking on familiar debates and push us toward better outcomes.
 
Contents

List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1   Values
1          Educational Goods
2          Distributive Values and Independent Values
3          Achievement as an Educational Good

Part 2   Decision Making
4          Combining Values and Evidence
5          School Finance
6          School Accountability
7          School Autonomy and Parental Choice

Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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