Private school kids earn more, live in better suburbs and are happier on average, Australian analysis discovers
I am myself a strong supporter of private schools. I sent my son to one. But I feel bound to report that the findings below are not as strong as they appear. Parents of private schoolkids tend to be richer. And richer people tend to have other important advantages, such as better health and higher IQ. And such traits have a strong genetic component. So the advantages described below could possibly be entirely due to genetics, not schooling type.
It is just very hard to separate out the two possible factors responsible for the advantage. From other studies, however, both schooling type and genetics are involved in the better results from private schools
The one undoubted advantage of private schooling is social contacts. Your kid will make friends from other better-off families, which will almost certainly be advantageous in various ways. At the risk of being extremely corny, there are many situations where "It's not what you know, it's whom you know".
One aspect of that is that private school graduates tend to meet mainly one-another on occasions where the mating game is afoot. Your schoolfriend's kid sister can often seem very attractive, for instance. So they intermarry, which in turn preserves health and IQ advantages into subsequent generations. You will tend to get smarter, healthier and probably more tractable grandkids, which is very pleasing
PRIVATE school kids grow up to earn more, live in better suburbs and be happier than their public school peers, a new national study has found.
Curtin University analysis of more than 17,000 Australian adults shows independent private school male graduates earn 15 per cent more than those from government schools. The research, by Associate Professor Mike Dockery, also shows female graduates earn 19 per cent more compared to those from government schools.
This higher household income “can be largely attributed to the greater educational attainment achieved by those who went to independent schools, with some contribution also associated with having come from a family background of higher socio-economic status,” Associate Professor Dockery said.
“It seems likely that there is a causal relationship in which attending a private school increases the propensity to enter university, which in turn contributes to higher wages,” he said.
Independent school graduates also live in more wealthy, up-market suburbs. “One way or another, private school graduates sort their way into more prestigious neighbourhoods,” he said.
“This may reflect a number of factors: higher preferences for living in such areas, marrying more affluent partners, or the effect of maintaining geographically close networks with family and peers who disproportionately reside in more prestigious neighbourhoods”.
Catholic private schooling is also beneficial, bringing with it higher average household incomes of around ten per cent, which is mainly due to higher educational attainment.
However, Catholic school graduates have a bonus which is not shared with their independent-school peers: they have higher life satisfaction than those from state schools. “This apparent Catholic school effect on life satisfaction is possibly associated with religiosity,” Associate Professor Dockery said.
The research from the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education found men who went to independent schools did not share this greater life satisfaction compared to those who went to government schools. Women who attended independent schools, on the other hand, were marginally happier.
The Herald Sun reported recently the annual fees of top private schools is more than $30,000 and rising at triple the cost of inflation.