The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools (Hardback)
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The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 20/12/2013
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Nearly the whole of America's partisan politics centers on a single question: Can markets solve our social problems? And for years this question has played out ferociously in the debates about how we should educate our children. Policy makers have increasingly turned to market-based models to help improve our schools, believing that private institutions - because they are competitively driven - are better than public ones. With The Public School Advantage, Christopher A. and Sarah Theule Lubienski offer powerful evidence to undercut this belief, showing that public schools in fact outperform private ones. Decades of research have shown that students at private schools score, on average, at higher levels than students do at public schools. Drawing on two large-scale, nationally representative databases, the Lubienskis show, however, that this difference is more than explained by demographics-private school students largely come from more privileged backgrounds, offering greater educational support. After correcting for demographics, the authors go on to show that gains in student achievement at public schools are at least as great and often greater than those at private ones, and the very mechanism that market-based reformers champion-autonomy - may be the crucial factor that prevents private schools from performing better. Alternatively, those practices that these reformers castigate, such as teacher certification and professional reforms of curriculum and instruction, turn out to have a significant effect on school improvement. Offering facts, not ideologies, The Public School Advantage reveals that education is better off when provided for the public by the public.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226088884
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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"A powerful blow against the central premise that students at charter and voucher schools get a better education than their public school counterparts."
--David Kirp "Slate "
""Public School Advantage "is a book to be reckoned with.The calling card of today's leading voices in educational reform is the charge that our public schools are failing. But failing in comparison to what, the Lubienskis ask? Traditional public schools are not failing to keep pace with charters and private schools, at least in teaching students math, one of the two subjects at the heart of No Child Left Behind and the Common Core. On the contrary, traditional public schools in some cases appear to have advantages over other kinds of schools that are usually perceived as more innovative and rigorous. While more empirical work on the public school advantage needs to be completed--in subjects beyond math and grades beyond elementary school--the Lubienskis have launched a strong salvo in the contentious debate about school effectiveness."
--Jeffrey Aaron Snyder "Boston Review "
A powerful blow against the central premise that students at charter and voucher schools get a better education than their public school counterparts.
--David Kirp "Slate ""
"Public School Advantage"is a book to be reckoned with.The calling card of today s leading voices in educational reform is the charge that our public schools are failing. But failing in comparison to what, the Lubienskis ask? Traditional public schools are not failing to keep pace with charters and private schools, at least in teaching students math, one of the two subjects at the heart of No Child Left Behind and theCommon Core. On the contrary, traditional public schools in some cases appear to have advantages over other kinds of schools that are usually perceived as more innovative and rigorous. While more empirical work on the public school advantage needs to be completed in subjects beyond math and grades beyond elementary school the Lubienskis have launched a strong salvo in the contentious debate about school effectiveness.
--Jeffrey Aaron Snyder "Boston Review ""

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