(This article is an excerpt from “MORE THAN SCORES
An Analysis of Why and How Parents Choose Private Schools” published by The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.)
By JAMES P. KELLY and BENJAMIN SCAFIDI
JAMES P. KELLY
Any meaningful discussion of parents’ preferences in choosing the most appropriate education for their children can take place only in the context of the difficult social and cultural conditions facing elementary and secondary school families in modern America. Some of the relevant statistics include the following:
• In 2011, 40.8 percent of all births were to unmarried mothers. Among Hispanics, that figure was 53 percent and, among blacks, it was 72 percent.
• As of 2011, 25.8 percent of children in America…