Education is an important part of raising children to be good adults and many parents assume that the public education available to their child is good enough. Some times this is true, but there are districts that are simply not up to standards because of a number of different factors. There is an ongoing debate between private school vs public school and which one is better. The truth is the answer is not a matter of black and white; there are subtle differences between both kinds that can perhaps serve your child better.
Just the mention of private school will fill your head with vision of uniforms and better teachers, all costing a lot of money. Cost is really the biggest difference between both kinds of school. Whereas public schools are free to attend, these schools generate their own funds and this is through donations and tuitions.
So public schools are free, but there is a cost to this. The financing for these institutions come from the federal government and can, as such, be unduly influenced by politicians and held to certain standards that may make teaching effectively somewhat difficult.
If you choose to go private you will be forced to be more involved with the education that your children receive. Being independent, however, makes the curriculum able to be free of any kind of restrictions. Your child can get a more in depth or specialized education.
This specialization is especially important for kids who have shown certain aptitudes for particular subjects. If you go this route, and you can with scholarship support, they may be able to indulge their skills and talents which will give them a leg up as they go forward towards higher education.
No longer, however, is this true only of private schools! Many larger metropolitan areas have charter or magnet schools that cater to specializations like the arts or sciences and require nothing more than your child to apply.
Getting in on their own talents while getting a free education is a great benefit of finding good public options. Sometimes, through, the number of applicants can be too much and your child will not have a great chance of getting into the school of their choice and private may seem to be a good alternative, but their selection process is even pickier and they have no obligation to accept your child.
Another difference can be found between teachers. Within the public system all teachers are state certified, as well as possessing any other certifications required by law. Private teachers don’t necessarily have any state certifications. This doesn’t mean they aren’t educated. On the contrary, many of them have undergraduate or graduate degrees within their area of expertise, or are general experts in the field.
In the end there is no clear winner between these institutions and if you want the best education for your child, you will have to go and visit schools. Visiting both kinds of places will tell you what each has offer and what your kids can get out of it.