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Quality and Equality in Education

  • David E. Cooper

Abstract

(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

Keywords

High Quality Education Educational Ground Sham Equality Full Commitment Educational Equality 
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© Royal Institute of Philosophy 1975

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  • David E. Cooper

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