Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2016

Publication Source

Global Education Review

Volume

3

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

4-22

Publisher

Mercy College

Place of Publication

NY

Edition/Version

This work is licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY 3.0

ISBN/ISSN

2325-663X

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

The common school philosophy of the nineteenth century in the United States is revisited from a contemporary perspective. Is the basic ethos of the philosophy of Horace Mann and others still relevant today? This question is examined and applied to the conservative advocacy of free markets, individual freedom, and school choice in order to assess the extent to which the delivery of government-supported education is done in a way that upholds the values of the past while simultaneously addressing paramount issues related to social equity, diversity, and social cohesion today.

Keywords

common school philosophy, Horace Mann, school choice, education vouchers, conservatism, public good, charter schools, homeschooling, virtual schools, accountability, individualism, libertarianism, communitarianism

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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