Quality and Equality in Education

  • David E. Cooper


(1) I have rather little to say about either quality or equality, and rather more about the relation between the two. It is not obvious what a philosopher has to say about this since, on a prevalent view, the relation is purely empirical. Whether education can embody both high standards and equality — once it is settled what these are — seems a matter for sociologists and planners. Writing of what he calls ‘democracy’ and ‘humanism’, which come close to the ideals of equality and quality, Raymond Aron says:

(they) are not necessarily incompatible, nor are they automatically in accord… humanism and democracy are… only temporarily, not finally, contradictory.1


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© Royal Institute of Philosophy 1975

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