I was reading a few article on the Freeman Online about private education and they mentioned the fact that private education is cheaper and more effective that public education.
I have a tiny economics problem with comparing teacher salaries across the two groups. The lower private teacher cost could possibly be explained by wage differentials. The private school students are self-selected and as such unlikely to face problem plaguing inner city schools (like fighting). As such, the non-salary aspects of the job are better, so wages are lower.
Could it be argued, I guess, that private schools are not just benefactors of this self-selection but actively prevent fights from occurring (unlike public schools)? Hence, the wage differential isn't just a happy chance for private schools but something they actively seek out?
I may have answered my own concern.
Public schools are overpriced because they're run by the government and because education is compulsory. About 1/3 of the kids at my high school when I was there shouldn't have been in school.
State mandated education is destroying society.
No other business operates like a government controlled school. No other business imprisons their customers. Nor does any other business force their customers to only be allowed to go to one store and exclude them from going anywhere else. By operating this way, government schools have all the problems of a prison and a school.
Government control of education is barbaric and people are starting to wake up to this fact.
I appreciate your concern, but this thread is about metrics to evaluate school costs.
Kind of on topic, this was just posted hours ago: