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Which is Better Private School or Public School
It takes a village to raise a child. - African Proverb
A school institution is a place where kids could learn a lot of things to help them become responsible and productive citizens in the society in the near future. It is the place where education is given great importance as the kids learn values, pile up knowledge and necessary skills that are essential when they become adults. It is the place where kids could experience memorable moments that are priceless and would be treasured for the rest of their lives. And last but definitely not the least a school can be likened to a playground where they will get involved with series of extra-curricular activities that could hone their socialization skills. The school also provide kids the opportunity to further polish their God-endowed talents like in music, arts, sports and the likes. The possibilities that could benefit our kids are indeed limitless. Since school is important sometimes we are stacked with this question: What is better Public School or Private School? I have been teaching college and high school students for the past eight years and finished my elementary and high school in public, I believe that, I already has a bird's eye view of which is better. However, I can only speak of the setting here in the Philippines as situations in other places might vary.
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Pros and cons of Attending in Private School
Security – Most private schools have tighter and stricter security than that of the public schools. Private schools hire more security guards because they have ample budget.
Quality of Students – Most students that attend in a private school are rich, and some of them are spoiled brats, sorry for my French. These kinds of students are the ones that make life difficult for teachers and even to their classmates as they are often get involved in troubles in the school. Teachers here should know classroom management well to prevent any untoward incidents to happen.
Quality of Teachers – Some private schools here in the Philippines hire unlicensed teachers. However this scene is slowly being phased out since the Department of Education and Culture and Sports (DECS) are now strict with the hiring of the private school’s teaching personnel Things seemed to be equal in terms of talent, potential and quality of work dished out by both the public and private teachers. it is also worth mentioning that the private school teachers constantly monitored.
Facilities – In the Philippines, the private school facilities including computer rooms, laboratories are considered to be better than that of the public schools.
Quality of Lessons Taught – The lessons taught in private school tends to be more advance than that of the public schools, however no matter how advance the lessons are, execution still plays a vital part. Lessons should be given and taught by the teachers to the best of their abilities and make sure that the students learn and mastered the lesson well.
Moral Values – Private Christian schools tend to be conservative while they embrace the norms and standards that they set and implements. Most Christian Schools here in the country produces well-behaved students.
Pros and cons of Attending in Public School
Security – Public elementary schools normally doesn’t experience any problems with security, however, there is a big problem in public high school here in the Philippines. Since children came from families with different social background, more brotherhoods and fraternities are formed this is very disturbing.
Quality of Students – Public school is a mixture of extremes, meaning it is an institution where you can find the very bright students and at the same time the ones that find learning very difficult. In most national contest such as Quiz Bee, news writing and the likes students from public schools normally takes the highest plum although the students from private are also very capable. The very bright students of the public school have a small edge over that of the students in private school.
Quality of Teachers – All teachers in the public school (high school and elementary) in the Philippines are licensed, but since the vast majority of them are not constantly monitored with their respective principal or superiors, they tend to get relaxed, be succinct and sometimes tend to be sluggish in whipping up decent and comprehensive lesson plan that they could use to teach students effectively. But this observation is not in general since there are also some that are irresponsible.
Facilities – In the Philippines, there is no doubt that the facilities of the public schools lag behind than that of the private school. But since there are more bright students and very innovative teachers in the public school, resourcefulness and creativity makes both ends meet in terms of using available resources and indigenous materials to compensate for what is lacking
Quality of Lessons Taught – Private schools definitely have the edge, but many public high schools have special Science section that could compete with that of the private school.
Moral Values – since public schools tend to be the melting pot of different students with different status in life most likely there are some students that lack appropriate manners and this can cause domino effect on the their schoolmates. But overall. the public school teachers will exhort to all kinds of effective teaching method and employ classroom management to correct mistakes and erect right values on the students.
Conclusion: Practicality, school’s security, and quality of teachers, facilities and environment will truly determine your choice of school which will suit your kids.
Sometimes the place to attend school is not the issue, because what will boil down at the end is what your kids would learn, and acquire in school. Student factor is still the best, your kid is still the one that earns the grade and if he gets very lucky then he could even obtain accolades. It is also advisable that parents regularly monitor the performance of their kids and offer the much-needed help in aiding them to understand their lessons.
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