by Kyla Camille |
When you get a child, time starts flying and all of a sudden you are standing face to face with one of the most important decisions of your whole life – is your child going to attend a public or private school? To make it easier for you to make up your mind, we have prepared a short analysis of private education.
- Class sizes for friendly teaching
The general policy of private schools is to form smaller classes, so that their teachers can focus on each and every enrolled child. Creating classes of 20+ pupils, what public schools do, most often does not produce satisfying results. Wise people from private schools have realized that pupils study better and teachers can develop friendlier communication with them if classes do not exceed 10 pupils.
- Motivated teachers
A study conducted by Andre Bishay in 1996 showed a strong link between teacher’s motivation and job satisfaction. Working in private schools will provide teachers with more opportunities for professional and personal improvements. Also, their earnings will depend on their results, which will favor those who try hard to educate their students. They will keep being awarded throughout their teaching careers. It goes without saying that such an encouraging environment will reflect to their work in the classroom, too.
- Better discipline
If your child goes to a school that is attended by a lower number of pupils, it is natural that they will be exposed to fewer discipline problems. Enrolling your kids in a private school is a two-tier victory: their teachers will dedicate more time to deal with the behavioural side of education and the kids will be safer in a private school. According to a research brought by the Sydney Morning Herald, public school students in Australia are more exposed to bullying than their private school fellows.
- Paid services yield higher responsibility
Since most private schools receive funds from parents, in addition to state-provided assets and other investments, principals and teachers working in private schools have a higher responsibility. They know that they teach children whose parents pay them. Their status is similar to that of private tutors – they work in better conditions than their public-school colleagues, but on the other side, they are expected to yield better results.
- Parent-friendly payment solutions
Public schools provide free education only in theory. In reality, parents need to buy books, pencil case items, pay for excursions and many other items. Also, public boarding schools demand additional fees for bed and breakfast. This is why private schools offer more honest deals. You know how much the tuition is and what you get for that amount of money. Also, most private schools allow paying the fee in several instalments. Besides, you can also use the school easy pay system to make all your schooling-related payments.
- Social deprivation
While children might get better education and care in private schools, they will lack some social skills. The structure of children in private schools is carefully planned, so that they form a special, similar unit. However, once they step into the real world, it will not be a private world made up of people similar to them, so private schools often do not offer adequate social education.
- Optional special needs acceptance
Private schools are not obliged to accept pupils with special needs. Of course, some of them develop special programs for such students, too. So, if your kid has different needs, choose one of the schools that provide syllabuses for students with special needs.
Private education is the future of education in general. Parents need to do some research and find a school that is a perfect match of their financial status and their children’s educational needs.
SOURCE: John Stone