This book presents a major report that has evoked extensive controversy and initiated extensive policy debate on equality and achievement in education. It examines the concept of equality of educational opportunity and the relations between equality and achievement and between families and schools.
Introduction Part One: The Concept of Equal Educational Opportunity 1. Norms of Equal Opportunity: When and Why Do They Arise? 2. The Concept of Equality of Educational Opportunity 3. Inequality, Sociology, and Moral Philosophy 4. Rawls, Nozick, and Educational Equality 5. What is Meant by 'an Equal Educational Opportunity'? Part Two: Equality of Educational Opportunity 6. A Brief Summary of the Coleman Report 7. Equality of Educational Opportunity 8. Equal Schools or Equal Students? 9. Toward Open Schools 10. The Evaluation of Equality of Educational Opportunity 11. Equality of Educational Opportunity, Reexamined Part Three: Desegregation and Resegregation 12. Trends in School Segregation 13. Presentation to the Massachusetts Legislature, March 30, 1976 14. Destructive Beliefs and Potential Policies in School Desegregation 15. The Role of Incentives in School Desegregation Part Four: Public and Private Schools 16. Quality and Equality in American Education: Public and Catholic Schools 17. Predicting the Consequences of Policy Changes: The Case of Public and Private Schools 18. Achievement Growth in Public and Catholic Schools Part Five: Families and Schools, Achievement and Equality 19. Schooling and Equality 20. Schools and the Communities They Serve 21. Families and Schools