Given the current reforms in place in public schools and current leadership priorities in LA (billion dollars spent on iPads instead of on repairing/improving existing schools), I would send my kids to a private school, too.
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It looks like the discussion has gotten bogged down on whether the people who graduate from public schools go on to be successful in life. I went graduated from a public school. My wife did. Here, in the upper-middle class subdivision I live in, most of my neighbors went to public schools. The dorm rooms at the university I attended were full of public high school grads. My parents and all my friends' parents all went to public schools. I have several friends who went to a K-12 private school (some went to public universities, some to private). All of us are gainfully employed, tax-paying citizens. My private school friends are on par with my public school friends. The key, though, is we were all from the same socio-economic background. I would have done well in my friends' private school; they would have done well in my public school. We don't have a public school problem. We have a society problem. You won't fix it by monkeying with the schools. In fact, you're likely to make things worse.
Really, though, Shaun is right; this is self-evident and shouldn't need data to back it up. And it's beside the main point of the article. If we concede that these private prep schools are the elite schools of the nation, and if we posit that the reforms being pushed by Duncan, et al are the best practices for education, shouldn't these private prep schools be jumping on board? Do we think they'll fall behind over time if they don't? I keep telling people that I wish my kids could get the education that I got in the 70s and early 80s, before all of this reform craziness started. I'm not very happy with public education right now, but my discontent all stems from things that were born out of the reform movement.
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