NOVEMBER 23, 2010
WRITING IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
“Children are the future”. We hear this quote very quite often, but how much truth do you think really lies behind it? Literally speaking, children of today are, in fact, going to be adults of tomorrow; and with that being said, this quote is true indeed. However, the main question that needs to be asked is, how can we set children up today to make the future a brighter place? Well, aside from home training and values that are taught domestically, education serves as a very important factor that guarantees a brighter future. That means that the type of educational institutions we decide to send our children to must be very carefully selected and thought through thoroughly, with the prospective future in mind. What I want to know is, what better way to educate our children of today than giving them the opportunity to receive private schooling? Because private schooling provides a prestigious education that imposes beneficial values in an equal and small setting that promotes more focus on academics and attention to the students, Private schooling is definitely the way to go. Private schooling is a school system that is not administered by local, state, or national government funding. They choose their students carefully, as opposed to public schools where the student selecting system is less lenient and is based on the child’s zoned address. Instead of government funding, private schools rely solely on tuition to uphold the school, which can be lessened through scholarships and awards based on the student’s community, academic, or athletic achievements. The requirements of sending your child to a private school only includes being willing for your child to receive a prestigious education and also being willing to pay the well worth it cost. Our nation is blessed with a rich diversity of private schools – some rooted in religious traditions, some that provide intensive academic experiences, and some that are specialized for specific populations. Different types of private schools may include, but are not limited to boarding schools, parochial schools, special needs schools, country day schools, military schools, Montessori schools, and Waldorf schools. However people are most familiar with parochial schools where religion is taught, along with the regular academic curriculum of any other school. Nonetheless, every private school’s main focus is setting the students up for what’s next to come and sending them off to the next level with discipline, better morals, better values, and an excellent education. Private schools are very aware of how much money is being put into the process so why would they make the experience not worth the money and effort? Having the opportunity of receiving a private education is very impressive and is greatly respected. One of the biggest decisions of sending your child to school is deciding which type of school is best for you and your child. Should you enroll your child in a private school where he/she will be required to wear uniform on a daily basis, most likely be taught religion as part of the curriculum, and most importantly, a place where a great amount of your money will be spent on tuition? Or should you just avoid all of that and send your child to a public school where they offer many recreational programs, clubs, and activities, and teach the basic curriculum free of cost? The zero fee that you have to pay for public schooling sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, let’s keep in mind that everything is not as good as it seems. According www.lovetoknow.com, a website that is a reference source for useful information, public schools blows private schools out of the water with their crime rates and statistics. It says that violence occurring on the child’s way to/from school, fear of being threatened, attacked, and being a target of hate words such has bullying are all more than likely of happening in a public...