Push for values drives public school exodus
A demand for better discipline and a desire for tradition, smart uniforms and moral values are driving parents out of public education and into private schools, according to research published in today's Sydney Morning Herald.
School culture - not academic results - is the main reason parents select private schools, according to the study by the Australian Council for Educational Research, based on a national poll of parents of high school students.
"One factor stood out: the extent to which the school embraced traditional values to do with discipline, religious or moral values, the traditions of the school itself, and the requirement that a uniform be worn," the study says.
The study questioned 609 parents of children in public, Catholic and independent schools.
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Australian Council for Educational Research
9 Aug 2004