Private vs. Public School

by admin on July 26, 2011

Private vs. Public school – which one do you think is better? Which one do you prefer? Which one did you attend? Now, think of the reasons that you prefer one over the other… The debate over the years centered on class sizes, faculty, budgets and administration. Private schools, like their public counterparts, come in a variety of sizes, strengths, weaknesses and overall experience. For those that are old enough, do you remember the show “Point, Counterpoint”? When I was working full-time at a Fortune 50 company, we used to have some very lively discussions on this very topic. The larger the crowd at the table the more diverse the education background. Ever hear, “you must have attended public school” comment? I heard that over the years when someone would mess up on the simplest of tasks (spelling in an email, easy math problems). Which would be followed by, “I thought you were a private school snub.” Basically pointing out that they really do struggle with social skills. Just people carrying the stereotypes on. We would really focus our discussions on – academic reputation and college prep, school and class size and lastly costs.

So, which is right? Or wrong? So, doing a little bit of digging, I found a pretty good resource for some information – National Center for Education Statistics. This website has everything you wanted to know about everything education but were afraid to ask… I thought I would pull some information that I found to be supportive of those old arguments that we used to get into.

  • Private school students generally perform higher than their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests.
  • Private high schools typically have more demanding graduation requirements than do public high schools. Compared with public schools, private schools required more coursework (in 4-year high school programs) in  social studies, mathematics, science, foreign language, and computer science. For example private schools required on average 3.1 years of mathematics, while public schools required 2.7 years. The figures for foreign language study also differed: 1.5 years at private schools but 0.5 years at public schools. In addition, about 40 percent of private schools required some form of community service for high school graduation, four times the rate for public schools (10 percent).
  • Private school students usually complete their advanced degrees more than those of their public school counterparts.
  • School size and class size for public school are normally double that of private schools. I think it is safe to say that the overall size of the classes does have an impact on the success rate of the students in the class. Ask any teacher in the public school – what one thing that helps them do their job better and they will tell you class size. Here is where smaller is better!

Does those above mentioned items really offer a “better” education? I think it offers a better educational foundation. There are many factors a parent needs to factor into what education is better for their student. What every parent wants for their child is the best possible. Is that a private school education? Well, that is for you to decide. If you decide that private school is the way to go, we at Az4Education can help. One key service we offer is a private education opportunity, and people with money or not can get help. We can help by providing an avenue for you and your family to donate and we provide scholarships for desiring students!

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