Schools of choice often do a better job of boosting civic values among their students than assigned public schools, according to a study published in the Summer 2007 issue of Education Next.
In a meta-analysis of 21 quantitative studies, Patrick J. Wolf, a professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, found that schools of choiceboth public and privatetended to fare better at imbuing their students with seven civic values necessary for democratic citizenship. They are political tolerance, voluntarism, political knowledge, political participation, social capital, civic skills, and patriotism.
Vol. 26, Issue 38, Page 11Published in Print: May 23, 2007, as School Choice