Actually, the religious vs non-believing is only incidental to the
issue. Fact is that students at private schools GENERALLY do better
academically than students at public schools, but I do not believe that religion
is the major factor. There are non-religious private schools (University
School and Hawken and Hathaway Brown locally) that also outperform most public
schools AND outperform many private schools. And THAT said, there are
public schools that compete well (Westlake HS and Shaker are often touted for
their academic performance).
More important factor is parental involvement and commitment.
Regardless of the school's format, when parents are involved and committed to
the child's education, the child usually does well. When the parents are
not, then the child usually does not. There are exceptions, of course, but
we are dealing with generalities here. There is a range among private
schools as well, but in general, a student at St. Ignatius is not going to be
outperformed by his counterpart at Hawken.
Must also point out that parental involvement and the presence of tuition
may not be a coincidence, but of course one asks which came first, the tuition
or the parent?!!
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