Additional Resources

The full research paper by C.R. Belfield and Henry Levin on which their article is based looks at the role of the family in an education system where many roles and responsibilities are being privatized. The authors completed their work under the auspices of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The full research paper by C.R. Belfield and Henry Levin on which their article is based looks at the role of the family in an education system where many roles and responsibilities are being privatized. The authors completed their work under the auspices of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The center undertakes research and analysis on all aspects of education privatization. It is non-partisan and does not advocate for or oppose privatization. Readers who visit the center’s website (http://www.ncspe.org/) will find reports, news items, research and events listings on all aspects of privatization.

For a full exposition of the argument addressed in their article here, see the August 2002 issue of the UCLA Law Review (the text of the paper is also available as Occasional Paper 44 at the center’s website). There the authors detail the types of behaviors that more advantaged families engage in to educate their children. Based on the research literature, the authors specify many of the parental and family behaviors—in terms of effective home environments, out-of-school activities and school involvement strategies—that may raise children’s educational achievement.