Pluralism and American Public Education

No One Way to School

  • Ashley Rogers Berner

Part of the Education Policy book series (EDPOLICY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 155-185

About this book


This book argues that the structure of public education is a key factor in the failure of America's public education system to fulfill the intellectual, civic, and moral aims for which it was created. The book challenges the philosophical basis for the traditional common school model and defends the educational pluralism that most liberal democracies enjoy. Berner provides a unique theoretical pathway that is neither libertarian nor state-focused and a pragmatic pathway that avoids the winner-takes-all approach of many contemporary debates about education. For the first time in nearly one hundred fifty years, changing the underlying structure of America’s public education system is both plausible and possible, and this book attempts to set out why and how.


childhood education philosophy pluralism policy politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Ashley Rogers Berner
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-50223-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50224-7
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