Policy Documents

Civic Education in Traditional Public, Charter, and Private Schools: Moving From Comparison to Explanation

David Campbell –
October 20, 2011

A growing number of studies have demonstrated that private schools and many charters provide a much better civic education than public schools, notes  David Campbell of the University of Notre Dame. This contradicts conventional wisdom that public schools are necessary to inculcate citizenship. Even so, he says, the right question is not who does it better, but what makes for a successful civic education.