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Catholic Schools and the Common Good

Catholic Schools and the Common Good

Anthony S. Bryk, Valerie E. Lee, Peter B. Holland

ISBN 9780674103115

Publication date: 03/15/1995

The authors examine a broad range of Catholic high schools to determine whether or not students are better educated in these schools than they are in public schools. They find that the Catholic schools do have an independent effect on achievement, especially in reducing disparities between disadvantaged and privileged students. The Catholic school of today, they show, is informed by a vision, similar to that of John Dewey, of the school as a community committed to democratic education and the common good of all students.


  • Like the schools they write about, the authors of this important book combine scholarship with a mission. The scholarship in this book is a rare blend of case study, number crunching and rumination in social and intellectual history.

    —Joseph P. McDonald, New York Times Book Review


  • Anthony S. Bryk is Professor of Education at the University of Chicago.
  • Valerie E. Lee is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Peter B. Holland is Superintendent of the Belmont school system, Belmont, Massachusetts.

Book Details

  • 416 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press