Private or Public School?

by alexandra meunier on September 9, 2013 - 7:00pm

As parents or students we have to choose a school where we want to study and often it is a complicated choice. The main question is: is it better to go to private or to public school? In the article, the author compares school under six categories. One of these categories is enriching course. In private school, they can afford more advanced course or program because they have more resources. Also, private institutions are more selective. Because of these criteria they can reject some students such as students who have lower grade, so they can have smaller classes. With smaller classes, the teacher can be more dedicated to his students and can facilitate their learning. A more presented teacher can help students to improve their skills. On the other hand, public schools have an opposite approach, they don’t have any selection so, they accept every student. Moreover, teachers in public school have the same qualification as a teacher in private school, so the education of the student should not be affected. Private schools have a bigger budget than public school so, they can offer more extracurricular activities. With those activities, students have more involved in the school. Also, private schools have a ratio of staff-student higher than public school. On the other hand, in public school, the dynamic is more likely like a Cegep or a university, so the transition will be easier for students who came from a public school. In private institution, students are well prepared to Cegep or university because their courses are designed similarly. Nevertheless, public and private schools have a similar objective; they want the success of all of their students.
The choice is difficult because both institutions have their advantages and their disadvantages. Students who believe that we should not abolish private school are because they believed in individual freedom and success because they think that they have the right to choose what is best for them. Also, they think that they should pursue of their best interest and education is a way to benefit your future. Moreover, private schools are mostly religious school, so some conservatism parents believe that schools should not have changed and believe in the principle of those private schools.
On the other hand, students who believe in public school consider that equality of conditions is important because each institution should have the same structure to provide a similar education. Also, fairness is another important value that they believe in because everyone should have the same opportunity and chance to succeed. Because of their value, they think that the right of equality should be having the same education.
Should we abolish private school?
‘’Private schools: what’s the return on investment?’’ The Globe and Mail September 16th, 2012, Web. September 9th, 2013.

Comments

As a student who attended a private school before, I think that the topic of the differences and similarities, advantages and disadvantages of private schools versus public schools is very interesting. Personally, I do not think that we should close down private schools. Although it is true that private schools are more selective of their students, this could be good for the students who wish to learn in a more intense environment. Being in a school where the students are generally more dedicated to their studies and willing to learn is an ideal environment for many students. So, if there are students whose family's have the means and who want to be surrounded by other students with similar motives as themselves, why shouldn't they have private schools accessible to them?

a) You choose an interesting topic!
b) I went to private and public school and I saw an enormous difference in the students, the teachers, the activities, the availability, work...etc. If I were a parent I would send my children to private schools. I found that in private schools, the ambiance was completely different and I was so motivated compared to public schools. I believe that there are same students(me) that needs to be in smaller classes and be involved in all sort of curriculum activities. I really enjoyed private school because I found that I was with students who wants to learn and have a future. I believe that private schools cost a lot of money compared to public schools, but for me, it was really helpful. You were talking about freedom of being equal and having equal chances, and I believe that entering Cegep is not because of where you went in high school but how much effort di you put in your school. Cegep schools look at your grades!
c) Should we have just private high schools , instead of also having Cegeps and Universities?

a) You choose an interesting topic!
b) I went to private and public school and I saw an enormous difference in the students, the teachers, the activities, the availability, work...etc. If I were a parent I would send my children to private schools. I found that in private schools, the ambiance was completely different and I was so motivated compared to public schools. I believe that there are same students(me) that needs to be in smaller classes and be involved in all sort of curriculum activities. I really enjoyed private school because I found that I was with students who wants to learn and have a future. I believe that private schools cost a lot of money compared to public schools, but for me, it was really helpful. You were talking about freedom of being equal and having equal chances, and I believe that entering Cegep is not because of where you went in high school but how much effort di you put in your school. Cegep schools look at your grades!
c) Should we have just private high schools , instead of also having Cegeps and Universities?

Good post, you define well the differences between both types of schooling. Enjoyed it.
I don't wish to abolish private schools, but I have a strong opinion agaisnt them as I myself attended one and it was the worst experience of my life. In your post, it says that it gives student a better chance, as teachers are more involved around students because classes are smaller. FALSE! Classrooms in most private high schools have the same number of students as in public school ( I did attend a public school too) and the competition level between the students is ridiculously high and the teacher tend to privilege the "genius" students, not the other regular ones. The ambiance in those schools is too conservative, to the point that as a student you are expected to follow the teachers way and only his way, and anything that is different is bad.
But public schools tend to have more open-minded and liberal teacher, as they are taught to not judge their students, because no one it those schools are the same, not like in private school, where there are less ethnic students. I felt valorized in the public school system, I had a voice and I was able to express without being put down by my teacher. For the two years I was in public school, my grades went from 60-70% average to 80-90% average. And it gives a person self-esteem and facilitates the transition to CEGEP.
But this is my personal opinion and experience, as some people did (like some of my friends who attended private school) like it, so it is not in anyone's power to abolish something that is so relative to personal experience. But I find that their shouldn't be any given advantage to private schools, as public schools are as good and sometimes even better then some private schools.
So, do you think we should give more credit to public schools?

I have chosen to comment on this post because I was recently having this conversation with my family and we were having a debate on which was better. This topic is interesting and a lot can be spoken about. Also, there are a lot of similarities and differences and advantages and disadvantages of both private and public schools.
Private schools have their advantages such that classes are much smaller and one on one time with the teacher is more possible. Also, colleges and universities look more favorably at those who have studied in private schools. Although private schools have these advantages, I for one favor the public sector. It is much less expensive for one, teachers are just as easily accessible and if they do not have time in the classroom, teachers always have extra hours during the day so that a student in need will always have the resource of the teacher to help them. Students that succeed not only come from the private sector. Students that succeed are those who work very hard in their studies and have the ambition and strive to want to succeed.
Although both the private and public sectors have their advantages and disadvantages, at the end of the day, it is the student’s job to work as hard as they can in order to get to where they want to be in life. Just because the students’ families do not have money, it does not mean that the student has to stop working hard. Public or private? Which one is really better?

I find your topic pretty interesting since I have studied in a private school during all my high school years.

From my personal experience, I do not think that the transition from a private school to a public school is difficult. However, I would understand that the transition from a public school to a private school might be more difficult because of the rules, uniforms, etc. Academic wise, I do not think that coming out from a private school means that you will be more successful. It all depends on the students; how motivated and how hard-working they are. Private schools can be more selective, but it doesn't mean that all its students are serious about their education. There is this stereotype in which students from public schools would tend to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking at early age, but it does not mean that students from private schools are all little angels either. Also, I think that parents are mostly the ones deciding whether their children would get into a public or private school. Let's take my mom for example: She was about to apply me for a public school until she saw that some students from that school were showing some indecent behavior, so then she decided to send me to a private school instead. I think that freedom of choice and equality of opportunity are important. However, if the parents believe that their children would be better off in a private or public school, then it is their parental responsibility to guide their children on the best path until their children are old enough to take on their own lives.

What could be the long term consequences in abolishing private schools? Would the society be better off without private schools? If people have the choice to choose between private or public schools, what is the use of abolishing private schools?

The discussion over public and private schools is a rare one that did not frequently appear on the list of posts from the class. Coming from a public school myself and having met those from private institutions, I wondered to what extent a debate over private or public schools had to offer. Little did I suspect that your post would address an issue I have never before considered. If private schools were to be discarded, how would that change the education system?
There are pro's and con's to private and public schools alike and for some people, it is not a matter of choice, only convenience. On that note, your post presents two sides: one offering a richer, more one-on-one learning environment and the other an environment of equal learning opportunities. Public schools may not have the resources like a private school does or the selectivity but I think that a reform in the education system would advantage the public sector greatly and give students who cannot afford a private education a high quality learning experience. If classes were to be smaller and parents more involved in the education of their children, a sense of community will build and learning would be more integrated into the lives of students. I have seen it done before, so why does there have to be two options and not an alternative to abolishing private schools?

Having, myself, been to both public and private schools, I can safely admit that, like you've said, there are pros and cons to both educational settings. Private schools offer a more controlled learning environment. They tend to closely monitor their student's academic success and behaviours. To accomplish that, however, they tend to accept far less students than a public institution would. There is also undoubtedly a sense of pride that comes from the belonging of a student to a private institution. You become part kind of a family. On the other hand, public schools offer more individual freedom while still offering good education. Myself, I preferred attending private school, but this is all a matter of personal preference. How about you?