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.
Foreword -- Preface -- Introduction -- The Concept of Equal Educational Opportunity -- Norms of Equal Opportunity -- The Concept of Equality of Educational Opportunity -- Inequality, Sociology, and Moral Philosophy -- Rawls, Nozick, and Educational Equality -- What Is Meant by 'an Equal Educational Opportunity'? -- Equality of Educational Opportunity -- A Brief Summary of the Coleman Report -- Equality of Educational Opportunity -- Equal Schools or Equal Students? -- Toward Open Schools -- The Evaluation of Equality of Educational Opportunity -- Equality of Educational Opportunity, Reexamined -- Desegregation and Resegregation -- Trends in School Segregation, 1968-73 -- Presentation to the Massachusetts Legislature -- Destructive Beliefs and Potential Policies in School Desegregation -- The Role of Incentives in School Desegregation -- Public and Private Schools -- Quality and Equality in American Education -- Predicting the Consequences of Policy Changes -- Achievement Growth in Public and Catholic Schools -- Families and Schools, Achievement and Equality -- Schooling and Equality -- Schools and the Communities They Serve -- Families and Schools