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Appears in Collections:Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Moral Imperative: the case of the English education system
Author(s): Spangenberg, Sabine
McIntosh, Bryan
Keywords: Education
Social inequality
Market failure
Social injustice
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Citation: Spangenberg S & McIntosh B (2014) The Moral Imperative: the case of the English education system. Policy Futures in Education, 12 (5), pp. 730-740.
Abstract: In England, social choice in education faces trade-offs between equity and efficiency. The scope of these trade-offs ranges from the introduction of choice to correcting 'market failures' to reduce inequalities and restrict social injustices. The article analyses the English school education system and its relationship with social preferences. The authors argue that the moral and legal need for non-discriminatory education supersedes perceptions of cost-effectiveness and utilitarianism. They consider that the current system has failed owing to inappropriate processes within social and public choice and that a reformed system based on a social democratic imperative will allow closer social integration on the basis of ability rather than privilege.
DOI Link: 10.2304/pfie.2014.12.5.730
Rights: Spangenberg S & McIntosh B, The Moral Imperative: the case of the English education system, Policy Futures in Education, 12 (5), pp. 730-740. Copyright © Authors 2014. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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