This is a review of James Coleman's 1981 report, "Public and Private Schools," which has stated that private high schools provide education superior to that provided by public high schools. The study is summarized and criticisms of Coleman's research and conclusions are offered in the following areas: (1) method of analysis; (2) use of achievement test results that analyzed elementary rather than high school subject matter; (3) lack of comparability of schools and curricula; (4) Coleman's "segregation index"; (5) the use of aggregate rather than individual school information; and (6) the downward adjustment of public school achievement scores and the failure to similarly adjust private school scores. Appended to the paper are three critical essays written by Albert Shanker in response to "Public and Private Schools." (APM)
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