(Closed) THE GREAT DEBATE PRIVATE VS PUBLIC

posted 8 years ago in Parenting
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  • Post # 77
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    It dependa on where you live. The schools out here near me are great swont would be kind of silly for me to send the kids private school. If I lived in a neighborhood That didn’t have a good school district I would send my kids to private school. 

     

     

    Post # 78
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    This depends so much on the schools in your area. The public school I went to performed leaps and bounds better than all the private schools in the area, but it’s not like that everywhere. Also, I would note that the most recent list of the most academically challenging schools in the nation was overwhelmingly dominated by public schools.

    Post # 79
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I didn’t read through all the responses, but honestly I’d rather my kids go to a good public school than a good private school. If our home was in a BAD public school area, then I would like our kids to go to private obviously, but only if it were a bad public school.

    This isn’t a money thing for me at all. I feel that public schools offter more in terms of different opportunities, at least in our area. Our private schools don’t offer much AP, don’t encourage or even allow dual enrollment (which both I and my brother did in a public school partnering with a college) and I feel the social interaction is more limited than what I want my future children to be exposed to. I also don’t feel that the quality of the education suffers. Trade secret? Teachers don’t necessarily see private school as their first choice as far as where they want to work. Some do, of course, but the ones I know would rather get a job in a public school.

    Also, my mother is a high school counselor for a public school and is hands down one of the best in the business. This is not just coming from me as her daughter, this is objective. She is highly qualified (she has a doctorate for cripes sake) and did an entire dissertation about the middle schools and self efficacy. She won teacher of the year several times even though the staff KNEW she would be ineligible at the state level they voted her it anyway because they knew she deserved it…get my drift? She’s awesome. She genuinely cares about her students, as do probably 80% of the teachers she works with. Now, this is at a GOOD public school. That cannot be said about all counselors (public OR private!) *end soapbox rant* I think my point is that it’s quality of the school and staff, not type of school. 

    Are there good and bad schools? YES. Are all the bad ones public? NO. There are plenty of private schools that aren’t all that great, we just hear a lot less about them because it isn’t intertwined with the government and taxes.

    Post # 80
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Im hopeful that by the point of us having kids we are able to send them to a private school. And if they take on my partners musical or sporting ability to a school specialised in either of those things (although here a lot of the sporting specialised schools here are public…)

    Post # 81
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would have chosen other if there was that option. For us, it will be more about if schools teaches French (Canadian) as the main language. We would like to send our children to an all French school, but would settle on French immersion if we had to. We will most likely be living away from Quebec or Ontario, so it will make it more difficult to find such a school, so if we had to pay, we most certainly would as it is very important to us. 

    Post # 82
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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    @AmeliaBedelia:  “Trade secret? Teachers don’t necessarily see private school as their first choice as far as where they want to work. Some do, of course, but the ones I know would rather get a job in a public school.”

    That’s definitely true. Public school teachers generally get paid more, especially as compared to teachers in religiously-affiliated schools and charter schools. At elite prep schools, that’s not always the case. Plus, private school administrators somtimes cater to the whims and complaints of parents to an unhealthy degree. Also, most truly passionate teachers believe in the mission of public education in America and want to be part of that system if possible.

    Post # 83
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    We will be sending our future kids to private schools for religious reasons. There will be not be children in the school who are not of the same religion as my children and that is how both of us were raised. We honestly would never do it differently. 

    I do teach now in a private school but it is not the same level of religion as the schools my children will be going to. the school I’m in now has a fabulous program for children with disabilities as well as a program for dyslexia, which is where I work. Our dyslexic program is really one of a kind. 

    Post # 84
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Public!

    I was in public school from grade K-8. I went to public school in grade 9 for about 3 months then switched to home schooling. I did mine online & it was great. It costed money but not what public school costs AT all.

    I doubt we could ever afford private schooling & we will make sure our child/children go to a GREAT public school when that time comes.

    Post # 85
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Public unless I lived in an area where I didn’t trust the public schools. Granted, I went to a public score where several students a year got perfect SAT scores, and I got an awesome education, so I may be biased. 

    Post # 86
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    Helper bee

    I want to be a public school teacher, grew up in public schools, and wish my kids could have the same happy experience I did in a wonderful public school. However, because of public schools’ current emphasis on standardized testing that only seems to be getting worse, I may end up putting my future children in a private school, so that they don’t have to go through that. I would rather my kids had 180 days of instruction a year, not 170 days of instruction and 10 days of taking difficult, invalid, meaningless, stressful tests. I may not be able to control that for my students, but I will definitely do everything in my power to keep my own children away from that.

    Post # 87
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    Helper bee

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    @mrsSonthebeach:  +1. People in other fields are always so surprised that so few teachers want to work in private education….

    Post # 88
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    There aren’t really much in the way of private schools outside of religious ones (I think there’s one Catholic school?) in many areas of our province, so I assume we’d send our kid to public school.  Maybe French immersion though.

    Post # 89
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @vegempanada:  I thought standardized tests are required across the board (though it is not emphasized as much because teachers’ raises/tenure are not based on the scores)? I do agree that emphasis on standardized testing is ridiculous and NCLB is a law down from people who have no clue, but I’m just curious if it’s true that state wide testing is not required of students in private schools.

    Post # 90
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We’ll be sending our kids most likely to French Catholic or just French school (Francophone for both) so that’s really the only thing that’s important to us. Neither is private as both boards are funded by our province. There are 2 private French schools but the cost is way too much, what both Fiance and I paid for our post-secondary education would only cover the first 3 years of school. Yikes!

    A PP mentioned the pressure that private school teachers have on them to give out certain grades and help students is also something I’ve heard from my teacher friends that work at private schools. Their focus is more on dealing with the parents and their expecatations than the students. At least this is true of the schools in my area. 

    Post # 91
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @les105:  There is still standardized testing for private schools.  It is not the same as the state testing given to public schools, but it is still standardized testing nonetheless.  This could change though now that most states are swtiching to the Common Core Standards.  I don’t know if private schools will be switching to that as well.

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