As a teacher, I certainly don't see public schools as a lesser choice.
Ideally, I'd like for every parent to be able to choose a school based on what best suits their child's personality/interests. That could mean a university-entrance focused school (often private...although I went to one which was public), a school with specialist programs, a school with teachers/a culture which supports the particular student in some way....etc. Having worked in a variety of schools, I'd say that most schools are perfect for some students.
That said, of course those with less money have less choice about schooling - hence why I'm passionate about high quality public schooling. Personally, I'd be happy sending my child to any of the public schools where I've worked - and I've worked in some particularly "bad" schools - unless/until any problems developed specific to my child.
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20-04-2012 13:05 #51
20-04-2012 13:31 #52
Personally, I also believe the quality of teachers is paramount to the quality of education. You can get good and bad teachers in both public and private, and I've worked with both. When I was first employed in a private school, I felt enormous pressure as a teacher - I felt like the parents were paying so much more for the privelage of little ol me to teach their kids, so I better do a darn good job! I had a lot expected of me, by both the parents and the school, and rightly so. In my experience, if you are teaching in a school that expects a quality teacher, and you are not willing to put in that effort into your teaching, you will not last - the pressure is too much. That can be a public or private school.
20-04-2012 14:05 #53
Ok, what I guess I was trying to ask, is why is this perception that public schools ALL have big classes, the older teachers who are due for retirement who no longer put any effort into their classes and who are made up of delinquent students?
Any why are private schools susceptible to the perception that all students are very well behaved from high socioeconomic backgrounds who always do their homework, who's parents make sure they have the very best, where class sizes are less than 20 and the teachers are fresh and young, but no so young that they don't know what they are doing..
Of course the following is a sweeping mass generalisation, but I always seem to find this under-currant that public-crap, private-awesome. I know teachers in private schools who think they are better than those in public systems (always a laugh, when I've never wanted to work private, and they've probably wanted to work public, so how one can be compared to another I'll never know.)
My brain is still muddled, but I'm not asking what school you'll choose for your LO's or why... I want to know- Do you perceive public schools as inferior (or do you see them as being perceived as inferior by others) to private schools, and why do you think this is?
20-04-2012 14:08 #54
20-04-2012 14:18 #55
Depends entirely on the individual schools, private doesn't = better based on just that info.
20-04-2012 14:23 #56
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20-04-2012 14:32 #57-
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In my experience they have been lesser.
I am sure they try but they just do not have the money and the resources to compete.
I have tried 2 public schools and its left such a bad taste in my mouth.
I have found that the big differences for me have been..
more accountability from the principal to fix issues
better amount of teachers assistants, giving teacher more time.
more specialist teachers
more subject, extra curricular choices.
Better communication from school
Its only based on what has happened for me.
20-04-2012 14:45 #58
I don't know anyone like that. We all look at the best school or our children. I know families where their kids go to different schools because different schools suit different kids.
20-04-2012 14:50 #59
But undoubtedly some go private bc of the perception that money means better.
20-04-2012 15:16 #60
In all honesty yes , I perceive public schools to be inferior, based on my experience of going to school, where my nieces, nephews and friends kids go to school and being involved in selling houses around certain schools
the public schools near where we live and work are old , smaller schools and some do have good teachers but their facilities are shocking, we help fund raise so the local public school near the office can buy white boards and 1 or 2 computers for their library , a lot of locals pull their kids out in year 5 or 6 to go to private schools (local public high school has a really bad reputation) and all of them comment not only on how better the school
Is but the attitudes of the teachers
my girlfriend pulled her daughter out of the local catholic high school because they did not even have the electives she needed to get into medicine at Uni
the private schools facilities are far superior, have so much more to offer and benefit the kids, of course just because your child attends private school does not mean he will be better behaved or get better grades , that's still up to the child and parents but at least he will have a better opportunity too
We enrolled DS into a private boys school when he was born, my brother went there, we know plenty of kids who went/go there and feel
It is better for our son, my DH went to the local public schools and refused out right to send his son there, I have many clients and friends who work 2 jobs to send their kids to private school
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