Education: Can Public Learn from Private?

A new report on high schools rubs some educators the wrong way

"Scientists will argue for years about this report." So said Sociologist Robert Grain last week at a Washington meeting of 400 educators and lobbyists, called by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to scrutinize "Public and Private Schools," the latest report issued by University of Chicago Sociologist James S. Coleman. Also under review: "Minority Students in Catholic Secondary Schools," a study by Coleman's colleague, Sociologist Andrew Greeley.

Coleman has been issuing hotly debated reports since 1966, when he concluded, after doing a nationwide survey, that black pupils...

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