Rawls and Education Vouchers Persuasive Essay

Rawls and Education Vouchers
This paper uses the philosophy of John Rawls to argue that the "school voucher" system should be used nationwide.
# 148275 | 1,083 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 09, 2011 in Education (Theory) , Political Science (U.S.) , Economics (Public Finance)

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The paper outlines John Rawls' two general principles of justice and how they apply to the present education system in the United States. The paper discusses the benefits and drawbacks of school vouchers but reaches the conclusion that, according to Rawls, if we allow private and public schools to be economically segregated without government interference, then we are not giving the greatest benefit to the least privileged citizens, therefore violating their basic justice. The paper also asserts that if education was strengthened across the board, there is no doubt that crime rates would decrease, we would see more graduates from high school and college, and overall, more lower income students would become successful.

From the Paper:

"Taking a look at the present education system in the United States, anyone can see that the scheme of equal basic liberties does not benefit the lower socioeconomic class in this country. This is where the idea of a "school voucher" comes into place. The idea of the "school voucher" is that based on parent/guardian incomes, each family receives a voucher per student in their household, so that the parent or guardian can decide whether to apply it to a public school, or use the money to lighten the load of tuition for a private school. In Cleveland, many schools have adopted this practice, and the pros and cons have come into light."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Greene, Jay P. "John Rawls and Education Reform." Jay P. Greene's Blog. Web. 24 July 2011. <http://jaypgreene.com/2008/07/09/john-rawls-and-education-reform/>.
  • Messerli, Joe. "School Vouchers (Pros & Cons, Arguments For and Against, Advantages & Disadvantages)." BalancedPolitics.org - Free Balanced, Non-Partisan Discussion of Political & Social Issues for Debate (Pros and Cons - Decision Making Politics). Web. 24 July 2011. <http://www.balancedpolitics.org/school_vouchers.htm>.
  • Rawls, John. "A Theory of Justice." Ohio University. Web. 24 July 2011. <http://www.ohio.edu/people/piccard/entropy/rawls.html>.
  • Wenz, Peter S. Political Philosophies in Moral Conflict. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2007. Print.

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