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date: 22 September 2020

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This article examines the moral and political aspects of the educational system. It describes the three categories of moral and political aims of education. The first of these is the aims goals in which goals describe the proper aims of education in the sense that they draw on ideals of what the educated person would be like and identify the values that underlie those ideals. The second is the distributive goals which describe how educational opportunities should be distributed. The final category is constraints which refer to possible disagreement about the extent to which it is permissible for the government to override the preferences of parents to achieve those goals or the degree of coercion schools can use to get children to comply with discipline.

Keywords: educational system, moral aims, political aims, education, educated person, schools

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