Presentation: Pathways to Education: An Integrated Approach to Helping At-Risk High School Students

The Center for Business and Public Policy presents:

Phil Oreopoulos, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto

“Pathways to Education: An Integrated Approach to Helping At-Risk High School Students.

Tuesday, April 15 at 2:00-3:20 pm

Room 3007 Business Instructional Facility

The Ongoing Debate on Public and Private School Effectiveness: Vouchers, Representative Samples, Fundamentalism and Wal-Mart

To no one’s surprise, the market-oriented EducationNext, “a journal of opinion and research,” does not like the findings outlined in the recent book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, which I wrote with Prof. Sarah Theule Lubienski. After all, the two large, nationally representative datasets we analyzed do not lend support to that publication’s agenda of school privatization. While I wouldn’t normally respond to reviews, the misconceptions and errors advanced by EdNext and subsequent blog postings deserve some scrutiny. In particular, as I show below, bloggers at the University of Arkansas and the conservative National Review Online have used the EdNext review as an opportunity to make claims that are simply wrong.