School Choice around the World


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  • 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

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