What Are The Benefits Of Private Schools For Your Children?
Private school tuition may place a serious burden on your finances, but there are few better investments that you can make for your children’s futures. Most of the issues that plague public school systems are absent from private schools, which place emphasis on academics instead of being forced to deal with disciplinary, funding, and social issues that interfere with student achievement.
Private schools vs public schools
There really is no comparison in the services provided by private and public schools. Although a few higher achieving public schools may be somewhat competitive academically, they still face bureaucratic and funding hurdles that block achievement in several ways.
Private schools are always at or near the top of the grade levels in academic achievement testing, because they offer a challenging curriculum that raises expectations of their students and engages them in higher learning and critical thinking processes.
Public schools will resort to lowering minimum passing grades or “dumbing down” the curriculum so that students can achieve higher grades and move on to the next level, which dampens enthusiasm for learning and presents students with an indirect message that they are not worthy of a challenge or intelligent enough to learn at their level.
Private schools have teacher/student ratios that provide greater access for students and better personal attention to potential learning problems in individual students. They also invest in the latest technology to keep students prepared to face future challenges with hands-on experience.
Unless you are living in an affluent area, public schools are usually facing limited resources, from classroom materials to class sizes. Funding is often restricted and is often siphoned away from the classroom by bloated administrative costs and various issues unrelated to learning.
Private schools maintain strict discipline, and can enforce it as private institutions. They can simply expel problem students. Disciplinary issues are more rare in private schools, because of parental involvement and the fact that the parents are paying a substantial sum of money for their child to attend.
Public schools are often dumping grounds for the problems of the surrounding community, and because children must be afforded a public education by law, great efforts are attempted to keep problem children in the classroom. This is ultimately detrimental to the teaching and learning experience, as teachers must prioritize security and discipline over teaching.
The issues facing public schools overshadow any feelings of civic duty or family traditions of attending a specific neighborhood school. Neighborhoods, population demographics, and school systems change over time.
Paying local taxes for public school systems is the extent of your civic duty if your children are not being served by public schools. Private schools can instill a love of learning that transcends the classroom, and embrace a diversity that encompasses the globe, not just the limited diversity of a local population.