Sunday, July 16, 2006


Rethinking the Conservative Christian School Model

Hard to believe, but the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education reported Friday that conservative Christian schools performed worst in reading and math when compared to both public and private religious schools run by mainstream religious denominations.

According to a report by Diana Jean Schemo in the Saturday New York Times, "conservative Christian schools lagged significantly behind public schools when it came to eighth-grade math."

For Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins and his enablers on the board -- Steve Abrams, John Bacon, Ken Willard, Connie Morris, Kathy Martin, and Iris Van Meter -- conservative Christian schools have long been the model for their vision of what public education in Kansas should look like.

What do you suppose the chances are they'll rethink things now that this study shows, in general, that public schools do a better job than private -- and a much better job than conservative Christian schools.


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