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.