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Private and Public Schools: Pros and Cons

Private school: Private schools are schools that are established and managed privately by individuals or corporations. They receive little or no funding from the government (Evans, 1). Cost: They are very expensive as they mainly rely on fees paid by the student for day to day operations and also to be able to pay the members of staff (Patricia, 7). Less choices of Subject: The private schools are not regulated by the government and therefore, they take the number of subjects they want. They mostly pick the subjects by considering the number of teachers available and hence children do not have a variety to choose from. Less qualified teachers: In most cases, a private school is a business and what is required out of a business is profit and therefore the school will end up looking for lesser qualified teachers using the criteria of one’s knowledge of a subject rather than qualifications and by all means, it will be cheap to hire them rather than graduate teachers who are qualified and expensive to hire (Hawke,3). Special education classes: They do not offer special education combined with normal education and therefore special needs student are not well catered for. Before the students enroll, they are required to do a test that distinguishes between the bright students from the average ones hence the less bright students do not get opportunities (Chen, 7). Poor Structures and policies: Due to the fact that private schools are managed by individuals or corporation, they are free to hire and consequently dismiss their staff. This also applies to the students. If a student does not perform well in school, he or she can be kicked out. This is because private schools are not under any obligation to keep a child enrolled. This can cause stress and destabilization of a student (Evans, 4).

Isolation: Most of the children who attend private schools are perceived to be from wealthy homes and therefore may face isolation and bullying from other children in public schools (Evans, 7). Distance from classmates and schoolmates: Few children go to private schools due to various reasons such as high school fees, parents’ choices and so on and therefore, when a child is taken to a private school, there is the risk of not having schoolmates or classmates around their neighborhood and they are not able to consult on assignments or in class work(Evans, 7). No regulatory rules on Support services: The private schools are not under any obligation to offer support services such as lunch, breakfast and health related services to its students (Vaughan, 6).

Public schools: They are tuition free institutions that largely rely on government fundings for their operations and are managed by the school boards.

Large class size: Public schools have a large number of students due to free tuition fees and therefore it becomes hard to effectively control a class. Large numbers also affect the average and below average students who may require personalized teaching in order to be able to catch up with the rest of the students (Patricia,5).

Exposure to unacceptable lifestyle: The students are many in school and therefore, it is very hard to instill discipline. Students come from different family backgrounds and some families may not condemn some vices that are disregarded in the community such as homosexuality or different forms of violence like bullying and therefore it becomes difficult for the teachers to discover and help the student reform. There is also the issue of students abusing drugs and influencing others to take up the habit. Negative attitude towards education: Generally, most children are not so excited about going to school and this is evident in public schools where the students are in large numbers and do not get personalized attention to help them create a positive attitude towards academics. This negative attitude can also be brought out by the notion that the students who get A’s are ‘geeks’ and therefore discouraging the bright students from performing well to be able to fit in with their peers. Language: The teacher has to use mid learning language to cater for all the students as the class is a mixture of bright, average and less bright student.

The bright students may end up not discovering their full potential as most of the work given by the teachers to the students may not be challenging enough to them.

Many schools off days: Public schools are largely affected by state functions such as public holidays and other related functions. This interrupts the normal learning and therefore, the teachers in some cases are not able to finish the syllabus in good time (EducationBug, 5). Limited room for innovations and freedom of creativity: The students have to follow a set curriculum and this may leave no room for innovations and creative works such as paintings and undiscovered talents. Limited reading materials: The libraries in the public schools are not well equipped and in most cases they contain old books that don’t have up to date information. Therefore, the students are forced to buy their own copies that are expensive (EducationBug, 5).

Works cited

Chen, Grace. “Public School vs. Private School”. Public school review: public elementary, middle and high school. A public school mag., 4 Dec. 2007. Web.

Evans, Jenny. “Pros and Cons of Private Schools: Private School Statistics and How to Apply”. 2009. Web. Web.

Hawke, Patricia. “Pros and cons of public school rankings for k-12.” Schools k-12: the smart choice. School k-12 Mag. n.d. Web.

“Private Schools Pros and Cons” EducationBug.org. EducationBug n.d. 2009. Web.

Vaughan, Geoff. “The pros and cons of private school.”EduBook.com. Edubook, 2009. Web.