Beyond High School:
The Path Chosen
THE preceding chapters have given an indication of what difference it makes for a high school student to attend a public school, a private school based on a functional community (a religious community in the analysis as carried out), or a private school based on a value community that does not have a functional base. We have not yet examined what difference it makes, if any, for the young persons' lives after school.
A person's life is shaped in many ways by the first few years beyond high school. For some, it is a period during which a lifetime's occupational career will be established. For others, it is a period of continued preparation for later occupational decisions, and for many, it is a period of floundering, either in the labor force or in college. Some of those in the labor force move from job to job or have spells of unemployment, while some of those in college do poorly, finding themselves ill- equipped or unmotivated. Some get married, some have children.
These activities and experiences are in part a result of what happened in high school. And what happened in high school depends in part on what high school one attended. In this chapter, we will examine just