The Meaning of the
New Coleman Report
THE publication in early 1981 of James S. Coleman's study, "Public and Private Schools," unleashed national controversy that revealed more about the fears of advocates of the public school than it did about the substance of the report. Coleman, who enjoys an international reputation as a meticulous scholar, was quickly and roundly attacked as an enemy of the public schools even before his report was available. Worried that the new study would be used to promote tuition tax credits or vouchers, critics denounced Coleman's methodology and even his personal integrity in their efforts to discredit his finding that private high schools are, on the whole, better than public high schools.
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