“They reminded me of my own public schooling in the 1950s,” Ms. Ravitch recalled in an interview this week. “The halls were quiet. It was orderly. And there was this commitment from the teachers.”
The NY Times article discusses Ravitch’s book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
students in Catholic schools did not necessarily score higher than those in public schools on standardized tests like the SAT, but they were far more likely to take rigorous classes, graduate on time and attend college.
However, we don’t get any reasons, there’s no proof within this article.
The may just be a public plug for the best-selling book, but if I can find it in a library, I’ll be sure to pick it up.