Educational Research for Policy and Practice

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 225–234 | Cite as

What is a school? An answer consistent with human rights

  • Jude Soo Meng ChuaEmail author
Original Paper


This article relates the philosophical and conceptual study of educational institutions with educational policy. I argue that both the descriptive and prescriptive answer to “what a school is” should focus on the school that is important, which is the central case. This central case of a school should embody an ethos of openness towards the basic goods. This translates into rights discourse as a school which respects human rights. From this description I propose policy for evaluating, ranking and developing educational institutions and focused on the merit of philosophy and theology departments in educational institutions.


School Human rights Basic goods Natural law Ranking Evaluation Ethos 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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