The Street Stops Here, Patrick J. McCloskey’s book about a Catholic high school in Harlem, is reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. Rice High, founded by the Christian Brothers, spends $5,800 a year per student, half what public schools spend in the neighborhood. Rice’s graduation rate of 70 to 80 percent is double the rate of local schools.
What does Rice have? The title says it all.
I think public schools can enforce values too. Let kids who don’t want to behave go to the Socialization Center, where they can watch movies and play video games to prepare for a lifetime of unemployment. Those who wish to learn can attend safe, orderly schools devoted to that purpose. Most kids don’t want to be losers. They’d choose a real school, if one was available.