Recently, I’ve had cause to think about the choices we make as parents regarding the type of schools we prefer for our children. I’ve had experience with both, having gone to Catholic school during my entire childhood and having taught in public school for the last 17 years. At the risk of oversimplifying the matter (and hopefully getting my blog followers to pipe in!) I offer my humble opinion: Students are capable of getting an excellent education in both public and private schools that are well-funded and enjoy parental support. In other words, I’m not sure that a private school that costs $15,000 a year necessarily provides a better education than a good public school.The emphasis here is on “good.” There are plenty of bad public schools. However, might it be argued that there are just as many overinflated, under-performing private schools?
Naturally, students who attend religious schools do so for the additional religious instruction they will receive and most likely, a belief that peers will emulate some of the same values and beliefs.They want to pray openly during the day, reference God in their discussions, and give equal time to their religious studies. I think we can all agree that those elements are key reasons parents choose these types of schools.
But the big question remains – is one better than the other? What are the advantages and disadvantages associated with public and private schools? I would love to hear about your experiences with either, your judgments regarding their value, or why you chose what you chose for you own kids.