Driving School Choice
I wrote this thought piece as I was gearing up for a qualitative interview-based study on the role of quantitative online data in the decision-making processes of parents navigating school choice in New York City. The study was conducted under the auspices of the Data & Society Research Institute and funded by the John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
“Education is no longer a public good but rather a commodity. Families are positioned as consumers in an educational marketplace, responsible for interpreting a proliferation of data sources as they navigate a complex school system, or multiple parallel systems, governed by a logic of competition. That parents and young people will experience the process of school choice as empowering is taken for granted.”