The Answer Sheet: Private Schools


Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/21/2010

Sidwell Friends scandal

If you ever labored under the illusion that kids who attend fancy private schools that cost $30,000 a year are any more insulated from scandal than anyone else, the arrest of a veteran Sidwell Friends School teacher on sexual abuse charges should dispel you of it. Year after year, bad things are reported at elite private schools, just like they are at public schools. Private school students have been caught printing counterfeit money to cover gambling debts, running mini prostitute rings; private school administrators have been caught stealing money, sleeping with students, and even committing murder. Human behavior--and misbehavior--doesn't stop at the walls of any elite institution. Any of the people connected with any of the expensive private schools have no bigger claim to a higher morality than anybody else. Attendance means nothing but the ability to attend.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Private Schools | Tags:  Sidwell Friends school, private schools

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 10/26/2009

Do test scores prove private schools are better?

The NAEP results showing better math/reading scores for students in private schools may not be a result of anything the private school did.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:18 PM ET, 10/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 09/11/2009

A Private School Parent's Nightmare

This is a parent’s school nightmare: You decide that your local public school is not what you want for your child, and you find the money to pay tuition at a private religious school. One morning when you drop your...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:43 AM ET, 09/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Private Schools | Tags:  Progressive Christian Academy, parochial schools, private schools