In a new book, Jack Jennings reviews the history of American private education and weighs its worth in today’s society. These schools provide an alternative for parents with concerns about public schools. But, proponents of private education are claiming academic success when that is due to the family backgrounds of students, not their schools. Children from the same socio-economic background do at least as well in public schools as they do in private schools.

See Chapter “What’s Not To Like About Private Schools?” by Jack Jennings, from Public Education, Berliner and Hermanns (Editors), Teacher College Press 2022. Available here: