Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Private Schooling in India
Private schooling in India is taking off. After listening to ads on the radio by the WEA about how Washington schools are underfunded I think this article is particularly appropriate. How about cutting down on some of the educational bureaucracy and actually getting more of the money we spend into the classroom? There's a novel thought.

Here's the key paragraph from the Newsweek article:

"These private schools are delivering results. Although teacher salaries tend to
be two-thirds lower on average, Prof. James Tooley of the University of
Newcastle found that even unrecognized schools in Hyderabad's slums delivered
mean scores in mathematics that were 22 percentage points higher than public
schools. A national study led by the education NGO Pratham confirmed that even
in villages 16 percent of the kids are now enrolled in private primary schools,
and their reading and math scores were 10 points higher."
I'm not sure how much of this difference is due to the fact that parents that invest more in their children's education tend to send their kids to private school. It would be interesting to do a more extensive regression analysis on this to see how much of the bump is actually due to the private school. However, I think introducing competition in education is a good idea. It obviously doesn't make sense in every district (I think most parents in the Bellevue school district are probably pretty happy with the education provide), but you can't tell me parents who send their kids to Rainier Beach High or Cleveland High wouldn't like another option.


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