Post # 1
So because we have some bees heading back to work after a nice break or bees that are sending their kids back to school, what are your thoughts and feelings on private versus public education? For teacher bees what are your ideas on the positives and negatives of public education and do private schools help or hurt public education? If you work in a private schools give us your perspective on the pros and cons of private education and what you prefer as an educator. For parents or anyone with an opinion how you do feel about public education? What are your thoughts on public vs. private?
Remember we are just asking for opinions! Try to keep in mind that we still need to be respectful of differing opinions and not to take them personally.
(ETA: Added “OTHER” to the poll since I know there can be a great and many opinions on the subject!)
Post # 3
I’m all for public schools. I went to almost all public schools, expect for 2 years because of the bizzare system where the ‘public’ school was Catholic, so I went to a separate Protestant school. I do think private schools have their place though.
The issue I have is the Catholic schools essentially being public. I think it’s a waste of money as well as diversity in terms of programs that students could have close access to. When a Catholic school offers an IB program in an area, it’s less likely that the demand will be there for a public school to do the same. I don’t think they need to cease to exist, but they should be private.
Post # 4
Public schools in the Bay Area are alarmingly horrible, especially considering the property values and tax base here. I’ve always been very pro public school until moving here….i’m not sure we can afford private school, and i’m not sure I feel ok sending my kid to public school here…!
Post # 5
The entire public education system needs a HUGE overhaul…but I still believe it can work. Our kids come back on Wednesday…and so far in the past week and a half I’ve gotten three different schedules. UGH.
None of your poll options fit my opinion: I am VERY pro-public education but think there is TONS of room for improvement!!!
Post # 6
None of the above.
I support public schools, but not how they are organized now…In my definition of public school the US dosn’t have any public schools.
Post # 7
@peachacid: yes. that is my view also
Post # 8
Until I graduated from high school, I attended the same public school system from preschool onward. Luckily, my school district was one of the best in my state (and very diverse, for the record…it somehow had more Asian-Americans than African-Americans, which is unusual for Ohio). Heck, I even know some students who transferred from the local Catholic schools because my high school offered more APs than the private schools.
But I certainly know that not all public schools are like that. My parents are from New York City, which is notorious for its poorly-performing public schools. I think the public educational system can be overhauled, but it will take a lot of work.
Post # 9
I’ve worked in the public school system since 2008, but this is my first year as a school psychologist! I’m super excited to go back to school.
I went through the public school system. I think it was better back then. There’s such a huge focus on teaching to the test now. And there’s just a lot of bureaucratic bs. Basically there is a lot of room for improvement. But I’m glad to be in NJ compared to other states.
And while we have come so far in special education – we still have ways to go!
Post # 10
I think it entirely depends on where you live.
I went to a public school because we lived in a good area, but I would not send my kids to public school where I am living now. I think you get alot more opportunities when you attend a private high school, whether it be academics or athletics or traveling and studying abroad.
Post # 11
I completely support public schools, but as PP’s have mentioned there is definitely room for improvement in how they are run. Private schools do have their place, and I have no issue with parents sending their kids to one. What I do have issues with is my dumb state wanting to use taxpayer dollars to contribute towards private schooling, while continuing to make cuts to public schools and teachers. There definitely are issues with the treatment and funding of public schools that need to be addressed.
Post # 12
Apparently, 68% of students at top universities said they would consider teaching if the salaries began at $65K and rose to I think $150K. Instead of having a system where we value teachers, we basically say that they’re not worth anything at all, and so the brightest people in our country only choose teaching if they’re truly committed and want to make a difference. I have encountered so many teachers who don’t know simple things about the world, don’t know books (the other day three teachers — one of whom was an English teacher — hadn’t heard of 100 Years of Solitude), don’t like reading, aren’t smart, et cetera et cetera. Teachers should be SMART. Our goal as a country should be to have the BEST education system in the world…and instead we have the WORST.
Post # 13
I’m not a parent or a teacher but I’ve gone to public schools my whole life and can’t think of anything education wise that could have been better. Any bad incidents were student related, and you can’t control who you go to school with. That being said, I graduated high school in 2002, college in 2006, and from what I understand things are much different now. Apparently there is minimal use of books? My brother recently earned his teaching degree and some of the things he tells me are mind boggling.
Post # 14
FI and I both went to private schools and will definitely be sending our children there as well. We just enjoyed the type of people we were with and believe we had a great education, as we both graduate top universities in 3 years. Within the next few years, all the students that graduate from the private school we went to will have an associates degree at graduation and I don’t think many public schools, at least in our area, can provide that. I believe many, many public schools are great, but for us the morals being taught aren’t our beliefs or the ones we want for our children. Totally personal preference though!