Public vs Private Schools
The cornerstone of individual development, education proves to be one of the most important factors in a child’s life! Unfortunately for parents, this choice is pivotal and evaluating schools becomes complex and tedious, as well as crucial to the future of their children. Parents must weigh all the factors when deciding where to send their child for their education. A comparison and contrast between public and private schools is a basic to this sometimes-insurmountable task. The academic and extra curricular activities offered in both schools can also be a deciding factor when trying to balance a child’s education. Attending a public or a private school has many similarities, but the way of life varies tremendously; therefore, one should examine the atmosphere, freedoms, structure and religious/non-religious aspects of both. Choosing a school is something to examine carefully, breaking down the points of each type of school.
Private and public schools are vastly different, but have some common means. First, both schools have common degrees one can achieve. To obtain these degrees, a student must have a certain number of credits, and both these schools have to abide by this structure. Next, both have common honors classes. In order to be placed in these classes, students must maintain a certain of high GPA. If a new student is transferring or moving into a school, the student must be placed in a grade level somehow. “Both private and public schools use some kind of testing and review transcripts to determine the grade level of a student,” (Kennedy). Another similarity is that both types of schools have regulations. Whether public or private, all schools have some type of rules and punishment for misbehavior. Although private schools do not have to be accredited, to ensure enrollment and fees for education at their institutions, most schools usually choose to be! Parents have to see the value in a paid education, and to pay the tuition for a private school; parents must be assured that the next level of education recognizes the institution where they are placing their child. “Accreditation is generally required for public schools in most states. While accreditation for private schools is optional, most college prep schools seek and maintain accreditation from the major accrediting organizations. The process of peer review is a good thing for both private and public schools,” (Kennedy). Finally, your child’s safety is at the top of every school’s list. They both are very conscience of keeping your child out of danger. One must not only look at the schools similarities, but the differences; start off with examining the atmospheres of both schools.
Atmosphere can sway opinions. When examining both schools, you must choose what atmosphere fits the best for your student. Student life is the first element of comparison. In a public school, students have a sense of community, where people all live in the same region. The school has the support of the community where it is located. In contrast, a private school draws students from numerous geographical regions. The students converge for an education at the institution and then return to their respective geographical locations to thrive in their own communities. There can be a disconnect from a community because time is spent at school, involved in school activities and in the transportation from school to home. Students have no community identity. Whereas, if a student is in a public school, they may gain recognition from participation in activities related to the school and community, as a whole. Next, the sizes of both classes and schools differ tremendously. “As students advance to higher grades, class size tends to get bigger in public schools, especially in large school districts and urban schools. While many private schools provide small classes with low student-to-teacher ratios,” (“Private Versus Public”). Expectations at schools are...
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