UW-Madison SOC 915 - Reading Interrogations for Equality Seminar Week 6 - Education (14 pages)

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Reading Interrogations for Equality Seminar Week 6 - Education

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Soc 915 - Seminar - Sociological Theory

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Reading Interrogations for Equality Seminar Week 6 Education October 8 2009 Eunhee Han Saltz 2007 and Anderson 2007 argued that adequacy should be the sole principle in distributing educational resources and opportunities in the US rather than equality In contrast Brighouse and Swift 2009 dispute their arguments and insisted that the justice of education demands both adequacy and equality since adequacy cannot be a complete principle in distributing educational resources in all circumstances I wonder how justice of education including adequacy and equality in distributing resources can be achieved I am from South Korea where educational inequality is a big social problem However in South Korea educational resources are mainly controlled and distributed by the central government So educational resources seem to be relatively adequately and equally distributed in SK compared to the US where 12K school funding comes mainly from municipal property taxes I think that the 12K education is similar to the universal health care that should be given to all citizens as a social right As it has been difficult to reform the health care system in the US it may be difficult for the federal government to intervene reform the school funding structure The justice of education should demand not only demand equal and adequate distribution of resources and opportunities but also demand quality and contents in education to enhance social equality Even though public educational resources and opportunities are equally distributed children from wealthy and well educated parent have more advantages in a meritocracy because they have more private resources including social and cultural capital So I wonder what 12K school education should look like to enhance democratic equality and full citizenship David Calnitsky In Putting Educational Equality in its Place I appreciated Brighouse Swift s commitment to educational equality above and beyond the adequacy view I also think they are correct to



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