School Choice Tradeoffs
Publisher: University of Texas Press | ISBN: 029271954X | edition 2002 | PDF | 340 pages | 1,5 mb
Godwin (political science&public policy, Univ. of North Carolina) and Kemerer (education law, Univ. of North Texas) gather and assess all of the arguments for and against school choice to provide a balanced look at this controversial topic. Detailing the pros and cons of the various possibilities, they outline the complexities surrounding the issue as well as its major sticking points. For example, studies have shown that parents of lower socioeconomic status tend to favor schools that emphasize traditional values and basic skills, while those of higher socioeconomic status prefer schools with a strong emphasis on abstract thinking and problem-solving skills. Among the points Godwin and Kemerer ponder are the educational outcomes of various types of schools, parental rights, equality of opportunity, the constitutionality of vouchers, the economics of choice, and accountability vs. autonomy. In the end, the authors offer their own design for a school choice program that they feel "makes appropriate tradeoffs among competing educational goals." While it is, of course, not certain whether their ideas will work, Godwin and Kemerer give policymakers, parents, and the public something worth pondering. Recommended for most public and academic libraries. Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS.
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