It's really an issue of parental involvement in the child's education more than it is private vs. public vs. homeschooling. Kids in private schools and homeschools do better because their parents are active in their education to a much higher degree.
Agreed. Students in public schools who have good parental involvement are just as likely as students in private schools to have a good education, according to the United States General Accounting Office. Read the report here: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d01914.pdf
. The report was filed as a follow-up to the initialization of school-voucher programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee. The GAO found that students who used the voucher program fared little or no better than their counterparts who stayed in the public school system--meaning that transferring to a private school does not in itself bring about a better education.
I don't see the need for children to be at school 7-8 hours a day. That's not education, it's daycare. European students spend much less time in school and out preform their American counterparts.
I'm sorry, but I don't see where you're coming from. First of all, children are not at school that long. For example, my school begins the day at 8:30 and ends at 3:15. Calculate--that's 6 hrs., 45 mins. Nearly all schools in this area have similar hours: 7:30 to 2:15, 8:00 to 2:45, etc. 6 3/4 hours seems to be the standard, at least in this area--and that includes 1/2 hr. for lunch.
Second, you seem to imply that simply being in one location for a specific length of time constitutes a daycare. Would your boss (if you work outside the home) agree? Or would they want you to actually work while you're there?
Third, European students, on average, spend more time in school than Americans, not less. According to the report Organisation of School Time in Europe, Eurydice European Unit/Department of Education, Science and Training, Australian Government, STS Language Schools
, European children attend no less than 180 days, with some students, such as in Denmark and the Netherlands, attend a total of 200 days. Americans generally attend school 170 days.
The studies just don't support your theories--in fact, they say just the opposite. Public schools are not worse than private or public schools, nor are they better, in and of themselves. Parental involvement is the key. Where students want to succeed, they will; where they do not, they will not. All other factors merely affect their will to succeed.