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Study: Private schools offer virtually no special advantages compared with public counterparts

September 6, 2018

The 74 notes the prevailing idea of private schools and the private school life as glamorous, citing media and entertainment that reinforces that idea — from movies and books like “Harry Potter” and “The Catcher in the Rye,” centered around fancy prep schools where kids wear expensive-looking uniforms and live on picture-perfect campuses. Without any adjustments, if you put a public school student next to a private school student, you’d probably find that the private school student had better grades, higher performance levels and lower aptitudes for risky behaviors, the authors found.

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