Global Education Review
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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.
common school philosophy, Horace Mann, school choice, education vouchers, conservatism, public good, charter schools, homeschooling, virtual schools, accountability, individualism, libertarianism, communitarianism
Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
Brian L. Fife (2016).
Renewing the American Commitment to the Common School Philosophy: School Choice in the Early Twenty-First Century. Global Education Review.This work is licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY 3.0 ed.3 (2), 4-22. NY: Mercy College.