Most of my recent blogs have focused on the efficiency (or lack thereof) of public and private schools. There is an assumption that private schools, based on their reputation and costs, is much better than public schools. Is this really the case? According to a new study from the University of Virginia, all advantages associated with private schools resonates when socio-demographics are factored in. No evidence was found that shows low-income students benefit more from enrolling in a private school. This refutes Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’ recent comments that public schools are a “dead end.” Devos is strongly advocating for the expansion of vouchers that uses public money for private education.
So why does demography plays such a massive role in the outcome of school performances? Well, children who come from high-income households tend to have better resources from kindergarten. The positive effects usually carry over throughout the schooling years.
What can we do to assure that resources are not a burden for low socioeconomic families?