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ERIC Number: ED159795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 38
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Reference Count: 0
State Responsibility and Nonpublic Education. Occasional Paper #17.
Erickson, Donald A.
State regulations for private schools should minimize the social costs and maximize the social benefits of these schools. Private schools provide a unique laboratory for educational research. They also give clients more control over their lives, strengthen cultural diversity, and provide an opportunity for parents to choose educational methods that suit their children's needs. It has been charged that private schools may endanger national unity, limit children's life choices, hamper efforts to promote equal educational opportunity and racial justice, and destroy economies of scale. On examination, however, many of these charges appear to lack force. First, the effects of schooling appear to be too weak for any school to destroy national unity. There is also little evidence that public schools are more successful at presenting a neutral autonomy-promoting program than are private schools. Studies show too that private schools often serve to promote racial desegregation or better educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. Even the economies of scale argument has been weakened by current evidence. In light of these considerations, state regulation of private schools must not aim for undue standardization but rather must encourage the pursuit of pluralistic goals and diverse approaches to the achievement of these goals. (Author/JM)
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Language: English
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