Education's Abiding Moral Dilemma

Education's Abiding Moral Dilemma

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The conflict between access and quality in education has been front-page news for decades. Policies regarding the role of elite universities, the organisation of secondary education, admissions criteria, courses of study, high stakes testing, and fiscal and programme accountability have changed with uncommon frequency, resulting in confusion and uncertainty. Yet it is the argument of this book that the tension between access to education and the preservation of quality is another chapter in the much longer history of merit selection in England, Scotland and America, and should be seen in its proper contexts. The underlying cause of the difficulties, however, is the dilemma created by two competing conceptions of virtue, one determined by merit judged competitively and the other more vaguely but emotionally supported by a broader view of worth. Merit is consistent with liberal democracy, but worth is the special province of social democracy. None of the distinctions is easily categorised by political party or ideology. They are the result of opposite moral impulses inherent in plural democratic societies undergoing the strains of internal and global competition.In the state of Maine, Bates College, a well-known liberal arts campus that started using the SAT in 1984 (but only as an ... At any rate, the USAa#39;s love of multiple- choice questions is hardly affected by the new essay requirement since only 25% of the writing score is based on it. ... out of a two million pool were allowed more time to take the test, and it appears that time does bear a relationship to results.

Title:Education's Abiding Moral Dilemma
Author:Sheldon Rothblatt
Publisher:Symposium Books Ltd - 2007-05-14


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