Public versus Private School Education

I’m pretty sure that’s not the philosophical question Rodin had in mind for his pondering statue, but it is a question many parents are faced with when deciding which type of education is best for their child’s future (and it is a recurring theme throughout this blog). Here is a comparative article providing you with some pointers to help you in your decision on whether or not to enrol your child in private school.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

PROS:

  • usually more cost effective, despite tax contributions
  • may provide adequate facilities and education quality
  • usually in close proximity to home location, less travel time

CONS

  • may not provide the standard of education desired
  • teachers may only possess base-level qualification
  • usually do not offer special programs or specialized teaching
  • facilities may be of poor quality
  • large classroom sizes
  • more bureaucratic red tape which can prevent effective discipline against bullying
  • usually inadequate support for special needs students
  • can lack resources compared to private schools
  • limiting traditional education models

PRIVATE SCHOOLS:

PROS

  • smaller class sizes
  • can offer better quality of education
  • better teacher quality for private schools that require additional certification
  • specialized programs and accreditation (e.g. International Baccalaureate)
  • more extracurricular activities offered
  • usually offer a “no child left behind” policy – do not let students fall behind in class
  • offer competitive teaching methods (concept-based learning or inquiry-based learning)
  • independent funding results in greater resources
  • administration has greater control to prevent bullying
  • usually greater rate of university acceptance and attendance than public schools
  • provide better preparation for university success
  • are committed to student success and encouraging the “well-rounded” individual
  • commitment to quality and are answerable to parents
  • more freedom and choice – you can choose which school your child goes to, whereas you can’t for public schools unless you move to a new neighbourhood. You can choose the type of education your child receives, whereas in public schools you receive whatever that particular public school happens to provide

CONS

  • more expensive than public schools, but not exclusive
  • ideal school may be located outside neighbourhood

Remember: there are good public and private schools, and there are bad public and private schools. But as long as a parent does their research and trusts their gut instinct, children will be provided with a meaningful education experience.

Bonus: a neat interactive graphic on how nations compete on pay, innovation, and education. Click here

This post was inspired by OurKids.net
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