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Why Markets May Best Promote Care in Education

Kevin Currie-Knight


Care ethics is a normative moral theory whose proponents argue that the salient feature of moral acts is whether they establish or maintain caring relationships between people. When care ethicists discuss how education should be administered in and for a caring society, the consensus is that governments are the proper administrators of educational services, and care ethicists often distrust private actors offering educational services. I will offer reasons why, according to care ethicists’ own standards, educational markets may be more compatible with an ethic of care than government-provided public education. Markets for private educational services tend to be more attentive and responsive to needs than public education, and interaction between producer and consumer tends to be more direct and reciprocal than public education systems. I will also address several objections that care ethicists might have.

Kevin Currie-Knight, "Why Markets May Best Promote Care in Education," Journal of Markets & Morality 22, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 67-80.

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