4 July 2019
...and the lessons we can learn
- Education reforms that allow new educational providers to supply schooling into a state system can improve parental satisfaction and raise learning outcomes through consumer choice.
- Private school choice programmes in the US have been shown to strengthen the civic virtues of young citizens. Choice provides children with schooling that matches their interests. A child engaged in school is more likely to learn the civic values being taught and less likely to rebel against social order.
- When the state is unable to supply schooling, as in post-conflict settings where rebuilding to recover from the ravages of war takes precedence, other providers emerge in order to satisfy parental demands and choices.
- Parents from all socioeconomic backgrounds are capable of making informed choices using a range of methods to identify the schooling most appropriate for their children.
- Where government interventions are too rigidly imposed upon policies that target school reform, this can negate the benefits of school choice programmes.
- Unexpected school choice in post-Soviet Estonia offers a glimpse of how historical legacies can mitigate educational inequality.
- School choice can be initiated through top-down government reforms or through bottom-up approaches that are spontaneous and self-organised.
- School choice programmes yield many individual and societal benefits, especially for disadvantaged students.
- Empowering parents through school choice increases parental involvement and produces accountability.
- Education policies need to be informed by goldstandard research to ensure schooling reforms that make a difference to children’s lives