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Education Systems and InequalitiesInternational Comparisons$
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Andreas Hadjar and Christiane Gross

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326106

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326106.001.0001

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Good and bad education systems: is there an ideal?

Good and bad education systems: is there an ideal?

(p.321) Fifteen Good and bad education systems: is there an ideal?
Education Systems and Inequalities

Jutta Allmendinger

Policy Press

Education helps people develop their personality, enabling them to participate in social, political, and economic life. If that is true, however, does it make sense at all to look at cognitive competencies and credentials as suitable measures of success? Should not we instead be guided by education systems that promote social skills and lay the foundation for our living together in the globalised and diverse world (of work)? As such measures are not available in empirical education research, does that mean that we cannot give any answer at all to the frequently asked question about the best education system? This paper will give a clear answer. That answer will be based on normative thoughts about educational justice—that is, about the inclusion of all groups of society across the entire life course—and on the corresponding empirical evidence.

Keywords:   education systems, cognitive competencies, educational justice, inclusion, social skills

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