Private schools vs Public schools, is one really better than the other? There have been plenty of research out there that has not actually confirmed whether private schools are better than public schools or vice versa. I went to public school for my education, but I did have friends who went to private schools and who really enjoyed it. The reasoning for going to a private school over a public school is usually because parents want their children to get a better education. That comes to our first discussion point …
The Parents Choice
Normally in cases like this, parents come out and choose for their children at a young age and stick with it. Right when they begin school, after kindergarten, sometimes even before, they place their children into private school. The reasoning they usually give is that their children will get a bed education and have less distractions that public schools usually have. Although the parents are thinking of only what is best for their children, sometimes private schools can be worse. Private schools sometimes have a lot of children who can get whatever they want from their parents and this in turn can have a negative impact on your child, just because they may make fun of them or make them feel like an outcast. Although, this is also true in public school, except it can be much worse at times. Administration in private schools are much more likely to pay attention to your children when there are problems because you are paying them, where as in public school they do not. Although some of the choice should be made by the parents (considering they are the one going to be paying for the schooling), the child should also be consulted about going to private school instead of public school.
The Students Choice
Many studies have shown that students who enter into private schools much later on in their school career go to private schools because the other students in public school are picking on them. I admit, I was one of these students who got picked on a LOT during high school, and I was giving the option of going to a private school. My friend, who was sick of everything she had to go through in public schools, actually went to private school and was really happy she did. Private school gave her things that public school could not have given her. It gave her a lot more options in curriculum and it gave her a lot of extra curricular activities, which is actually unusual for private schools. Never the less, private school is actually what some students need. In private schools, because you are paying them, they will give more one on one attention to the students who need extra help, and they will also make sure that your child is happy during their experience. I know that this is not the case all the time, but studies have shown that experiences in the private school setting is much better than public school. I guess the major question would be, is it really worth the cost?
The Cost & Admission
Private school is going to cost a lot per year, depending on what school your child is going to be attending. Some people say it is worth it, some people say it’s not. Just because you drop a ton of money on the school, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is going to be getting a better education. Another problem with people and private schools is that some schools can actually reject your child if they feel that they are not going to “fit in” with their school, or if they’re going to taint the schools record or reputation. Since public school is not allowed to charge tuition nor reject anyone just by looking at their file, a lot of people stick to public school. Explaining to your child that the private school they were going to attend next fall rejected them is really hard to do, especially if they are young and don’t understand rejection just yet. The main thing people really worry about though is whether or not their children are going to get a better education in private schools or public schools.
In all honesty, studies have shown that, overall, both schools provide children with a fantastic education. Half the time, a student does not get a good education because of peer pressure and getting involved with something outside of school that they shouldn’t be. Another reason is because they aren’t being challenged enough in school or aren’t getting the proper help they require in order to do well. Surprisingly, in some areas, private schools do NOT provide a better education, but instead the public schools that are available do. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the public schools are better though, just because they provide a better education does not mean that your child will get a better education there.
Does it really matter?
I believe that it does actually matter. I am personally pro-private schools in most situations, only because I had such a rough time in public schools, but that does not mean that public schools are terrible. It depends on your child and it also depends on what kind of schools are available in your area. You should always do your research before throwing your child just in any old school. This education that your child will get will determine what they want to do for the rest of their lives, it will also determine what they will want to do after they graduate, it will determine what kind of people they will choose to be. Although you, as a parent, has a lot of influence in that outcome as well, your children will be in school for 8 plus hours a day and will see more of the school than they will see of you on most days during the school year.
So, unfortunately, there is no verdict on whether public or private schools are better. In most people’s opinion, they believe that private schools are better. Basically the idea of paying for an education makes people think that they are going to get a better education, but this is not the case. If you want to be able to know what kind of education you are getting for your child, do some research about the different schools in your area, ask people in your community, but don’t just think that because there’s a private school, that it will automatically give your child a better education.