Why Liberal Neutralists Should Accept Educational Neutrality

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (1):71-83 (2013)
Educational neutrality states that decisions about school curricula and instruction should be made independently of particular comprehensive doctrines. Many political philosophers of education reject this view in favor of some non-neutral alternative. Contrary to what one might expect, some prominent liberal neutralists have also rejected this view in parts of their work. This paper has two purposes. The first part of the paper concerns the relationship between liberal neutrality and educational neutrality. I examine arguments by Rawls and Nagel and argue that some of the same arguments they use to justify liberal neutrality also justify educational neutrality; thus, if we accept these arguments for liberal neutrality, we should also accept educational neutrality. The second part of the paper defends educational neutrality against objections that it is impossible and objections that it is undesirable.
Keywords Neutrality  Education  Comprehensive doctrines  Rawls  Liberalism  Humanities education
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-011-9329-0
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