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Justice - Lecture 13

Lecture 13 - Equal Opportunity and Education

- Justice Marshall says that there is a right to an equal start in life. What is an "equal start in life"? Do you agree that there is such a right? Is it fair for some people to have better chances from the outset? If everyone has a chance to do something worthwhile, does it matter if they have equal starts?
- Does education help to ensure that everyone has an equal start - or at least an acceptable start - in life?
- Does a system of school financing based on local property taxes violate the right to an equal start?
- Does a system of equal educational opportunity, financed out of taxes, violate the rights of parents to decide how much they want to spend on education?
- Does a program of state-financed, universal education promote the general welfare? How does Friedman make the case that it does? Do you find his argument convincing?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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