8th January 2009

“The academic success of church schools has been shown repeatedly to be because of their ability to select, which they do in many instances quite ruthlessly, and this is why they are popular with some parents.”

Keith Porteous Wood

3 Responses to “8th January 2009”

  1. John Sutton Says:

    This is true for my own area. I remember a pastoral head of our local Catholic Comprehensive explaining how they would avoid taking a very badly behaved student from a notorious Catholic family living on a local caravan park. She explained that the school would be oversubscribed and then took an exercise book from the top of a pile and placed it at the bottom. Sure enough, the child turned up at the non-religious high school.

    At the same school some years later we, as non catholics asked to see the head about getting our own son to this same Catholic Comprehensive. At the point where I mentioned that my wife and I were both graduates he said “Don’t worry, you’re in”.

  2. Holysmokes Says:

    Based on my own observations, it appears the primary reason religious schools get high marks is because they are more apt to discipline a child who commits an infraction. Parents are also less likely to get ticked off about it and threaten the school. The teachers also have the added advantage of using the, “fear of god” to keep children inline. Right or wrong, it works.

    I think the trick is having better disciplined schools for all kids ….not to mention better parenting. As a person who has no religious beliefs and likely never will, I have to admit that religious schools do a better job of educating the basics. It’s a shame it has come with all that other baggage.

  3. Hypatia Says:

    I have to admit that religious schools do a better job of educating the basics

    Anecdotally that might appear to be true but (at least here in the UK) respected organisations, like the Nuffield foundation, have found there is no significant benefit when all the relevant factors are considered. In fact, some religious schools perform worse that could be expected given the pupils and resources available to them.

    A little bit of selection goes a long way in improving results it seems (for those selected).