An Editorial in the Chicago Tribune here emphasized how many inner-city Chicago families were trying to get scholarships to attend the school of their choice.
Important choice comes for kids when schools (public, private, or charter) open up their curricula and start giving students a real choice in how they learn. For example, in my 37 years of teaching high school English, I found that when I allowed my students to choose most of their reading—rather than dragging them through books they found too difficult or too boring—the amount of reading they did, as well as their reading scores, soared.
Avid readers read better, write better, concentrate better, and do better in all of their subjects, across the board. I’ve taught in public, private, and parochial schools, and none of them made developing a love of reading a priority.