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School is the most important time for a developing child for more than one reason. Not only is it important to make sure they get the education that they need to thrive in the future, but school is important to developing social skills and is often where children make their first friends. But how do you decide what’s right for your child. Public and Private schools provide different positives and negatives which we are going to run through now to help you make the right decision for your child.
What’s the Difference?
The main defining factor between a Public and Private school is where the funding comes from. Public schools are paid for by the government, all the way from local funding to federal where are Private schools are paid for through tuition fees paid by the family of those who attend. For an example, a private school in Wellington FL would be paid through contributions from those who attend and their families whereas a public school would receive funding from the local Wellington government, the statewide Floridian government, and the federal US government. We will go into what effect that has on the schools further down but as a quick bitesize overview, that is the main considerable difference between the two.
What’s so good about Private Schools?
Since private schools are not funded directly by the different levels of government, they tend to have a little more freedom in how they build their curriculum. This can be good or bad depending on your personal opinion, but it is a massive draw for a lot of parents. Since they are often the ones paying for their child to be there, they can have a little more say at parents evening and open days about parents’ evenings about how their child is being taught since the schools do not want to lose that money. Obviously, you can’t tell the school to teach your child plain faced lies at your discretion but there is definitely more options than in a standard public school. The main con surrounding private schools is around the selection process. Trying to get your child into a private school can come with its own challenges, often times there will be some sort of interview as part of the selection process to see if you and your child are the right fit for the school. And with any selection process there unfortunately can be innate biases that effect the decision making. It’s unfortunate that it happens but it’s important to be aware of. Another good thing about private schools is the variety which they can come in. Not only are their private schools that function effectively like fancy public schools there are some private schools known as boarding schools. The difference here is that boarding schools not only provide a private school education but also provide on campus housing and food requirements. The idea here is that having the students living together creates a strong bond between students and there creates a more harmonious learning environment.
What about Public Schools?
The best thing about public schools is that they are easy they don’t require any advanced selection process. They are often less strict about uniform requirements and are more open to a diverse cast of students from many different walks of life. Pout of the two options this tends to be the best to prepare children socially for what is to come in real life. Private schools can be somewhat secular and sheltered but public school opens your children up to a much bigger range of voices and possible friends to make. This also means that there are usually a lot more students at a public school than there are at private schools. The negative here is that there is much less room for one-on-one teaching which can be harder for students that require a more individual and tailored approach to being taught in class. There is a certain reliability to public schools though, being publicly funded they have to meet certain expectations in their teaching curriculum and their grade standards. This means that every student in those schools is often given an equal opportunity learning environment. Another Major benefit that public schools have is a large variety of extracurricular opportunities. Since they tend to offer their services to children from all over the neighborhood they tend to create as much different sports, hobby and learning opportunities for outside of school hours in order to cater to that larger population of student intake. The biggest con to Public schools is budget cuts, depending on whereabouts you live, schools could be receiving less funding than in other areas of the countries. This reduced funding can lead to issues like increased class sizes, less resources, and less teachers at the top of their field in teaching. This can all make for an overall insufficient education for your child based on location since the tests taken at the end of the time at school are standardized federally. This means that you can do better or worse in your test just dependent on were in the country you are from.
Overall, deciding where to send your child should be decided based on individual needs. Try and figure out how best your child learns, and how reliant they are on getting the social aspect from schooling and start narrowing down the options from there