Public schools perform favorably with private schools

NPR story: Public vs. Private School Report Spurs Controversy

tag: Things Conservatives don't want you to know.

Public schools perform favorably with private schools when students' income and socio-economic status are taken into account, according to a new report from the U.S. Education Department. The findings counter a popularly held notion, that private schools outperform public schools.

But the report has generated controversy due to what some call its overly low-key release, on a Friday evening. That spurred critics to charge that the Bush administration, long a supporter of private alternatives to public schools, was playing politics by burying data it doesn't like.

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings calls her critics' charges ridiculous, saying the administration strongly supports public education. But, she says, the administration also believes parents should have choices.

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Article in NYT

about a week or two ago on this study. It was pretty good. There was a quote in the article from a guy who represents a private school advocacy group (lobbyists) that went something like, "private school graduates outperform public school graduates in every part of life. That is the way the world works."

My response is this ... Private school graduates for the most part have well to do parents. The kids of well to do parents outperform the kids of other parents (Freakonomics). The kids of well to do parents have a myriad of connections and advantages and opportunities that other kids just don't have. THAT is the way the world works, friend.

Because of advantages and the lopsided opportunities of well-off kids v. poor and middleclass kids, by rights, private school test scores ought to be beating the pants off of public school test scores. They're not. Why not? Maybe because public schools work BETTER than private schools when they have community and local government support and good resources. That'd be my guess. My guess is at least as good as Johnny Hood-wink's guess that private shcools are better - just because he says they are.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Creme de la creme

Private schools can also cherry-pick from the pool of applicants.

I'd like to see

comparisons btw the Schools of Science in Mathematics (FREE PUBLIC competitive entry boarding schools) in the states that have them (16, I think) and the best private schools in the nation like Phillips-Exeter, St. Andrews (is that the name?), etc.

Wonder if one could tease out the high performing and magnet High Schools in this areas - like CHapel Hill High, Enloe, SouthEast - and compare their SATs to the top private schools in our area? Those would be fair comparisons, I think. Any predictions about the outcome?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Ah come on.

Whatsa matter with a little ol' privatization scheme to divert money from public institutions to corporate profiteering? It worked so well in Iraq.

LOL

Yes. Amazing how Hood-wink and the rest of the free-market true-believers have hoodwinked themselves into believing that an entity run purely for bottomline profit serves the public better than an entity run purely for service to the public.

Amazing.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."