A new study in the journal “School Effectiveness and School Improvement” found that states with charter school laws saw a 10 percent decrease in suicide rates among 15 to 19 year-old students (“School Choice: Better Than Prozac,” The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 18). There are far better reasons, however, to support parental choice.
I say that because the study confuses correlation with causation. Just because one thing follows another does not necessarily mean it was caused by the first. The decrease in the suicide rate can be due to other factors beyond students being in a school that their parents chose for them.
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