Scalia’s Constitution

Essays on Law and Education

  • Paul E. Peterson
  • Michael W. McConnell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paul E. Peterson, Michael W. McConnell
    Pages 1-7
  3. Scalia on Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Paul E. Peterson
      Pages 11-27
    3. R. Shep Melnick
      Pages 43-67
    4. Michael W. McConnell
      Pages 69-83
  4. Scalia, the Educator

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 145-151

About this book


This book explores the application of Scalia’s textualism and originalism to education law and reflects upon Scalia’s teachings and his pedagogy. Education law may seem to be an odd vehicle for considering Scalia’s constitutional approach, but thinking about schools requires attention to political fundamentals—freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, equality of opportunity, federalism, and the proper role of the expert. Legal scholars, philosophers, and political scientists provide both critiques and apologies for Scalia’s approach.


Scalia Supreme Court Education Education Law Constitutional Law Constitution Original Intentions Originalism Education Policy Antonin Scalia Heritage Foundation

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul E. Peterson
    • 1
  • Michael W. McConnell
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GovernmentHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Constitutional Law CenterStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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