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    Unasked Questions

    James W. Guthrie
    Scholars should be free to question conventional wisdom, but there should be little cause for celebration when they subsequently confirm it. The recent study by James Coleman, Thomas Hoffer, and Sally Kilgore, Public and Private Schools, confirms the conventional belief that private schools are different from public schools and that students from each perform differently. Since their inception, the two kinds of schools have been perceived as being different by students, parents, the general public, and policymakers. Public and Private Schools' unsurprising finding will unfortunately succeed in provoking controversy over an issue that hardly deserves such attention.

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    Winter 1981 Issue


    Report Analysis
    Public and Private Schools
    Marya R. Levenson, Dawn Geronimo Terkla
    Evidence, Analysis, and Unanswered Questions
    Richard J. Murnane
    The Issue Is Still Equality of Educational Opportunity
    Jomills Henry Braddock II
    Disciplined Inquiry or Policy Argument?
    Anthony S. Bryk
    Why Public and Private Schools Matter
    Chester E. Finn, Jr.
    Unasked Questions
    James W. Guthrie
    Policy Implications of the Public and Private School Debates
    Barbara L. Heyns
    Questions and Answers
    Our Response
    James Coleman, Thomas Hoffer, Sally Kilgore
    Reducing Student Alienation in High Schools
    Implications of Theory
    Fred M. Newmann
    The Allen School
    An Alternative Nineteenth-Century Education, 1818-1852
    Judith Strong Albert
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