Debate over Public and Private Schools
Debate over Public and Private Schools
The debate over public and private schools has been a debate that has been going on for many years. Many parents and students battle over, which option of education is better: public or private. Public schools are available to more students because of the cost of receiving an education is relatively cheap, but are many downfalls, and whereas private schools “offer a better education and opportunities,” the cost of a private education in Illinois is extremely expensive, costing as much as some colleges and universities in Illinois. While there are many differences that separate public and private schools, we plan to discuss and illustrate the differences in discipline, moral issues, funding being allocated to both public and private schools in the state of Illinois, and compare and contrast how the necessary requirements to teach in both settings differ. By conducting this analysis, the hope is to gather information, to better understand the differences between private schools offering better educational opportunities than public schools. Continuing to raise other arguments private school education provides better discipline and morality, which in turn leads to a better education according to certain individuals. Through research, we will address not only factually information between public and private institutions, but will also discuss and analyze the differences in public and private education from personal accounts and experiences as students in each system.
When discussing the quality of education between the two school systems it is important to elaborate on the differences among the structures in both academic settings. In an article titled “Things that Matter to Teachers” by Robert Kennedy, he asserts that there are more advantages to teaching in a private school than that of a public school (Kennedy). Kennedys logic claims that private schools offer a more ideal teaching environment than public schools. The component in which Kennedy uses to illustrate this claim is private schools are generally a lot smaller than public schools. This means the class sizes will be smaller, and there is a thin management structure compared to public schools.
Private schools operate as their own individual body. In terms of structure, the schools staff, administration, and department head often govern private schools. According to Kennedy, the thin management formation makes it a lot easier to deal with issues (Kennedy). However, private schools tend to cost thousands of dollars to attend. This means, parents or guardians are sending their child to specific schools having an invested interest in their childrens well being.
Lack of parental guidance is the root of many public school disciplinary problems. Public schools are free of cost due to the fact that federal, state, and local tax dollars are used in order to provide funding. By law, public schools are responsible for educating all children. Since the government funds public schools, they must abide by the rules and regulations set by the government. Public school classrooms tend to range from 25-30 students. Kennedy believes larger class sizes tend to prevent teachers from being most efficient. Kennedy also makes the claim there is a better quality of teachers found in private schools because of the flexibility in the methods of teaching found in private schools. For example, private school teachers do not have to appeal to the board of education, if they want to compare and contrast or discuss creationism and religion. In the public school system, discussing religion can be bias and highly confrontational. Public school systems hold students from different backgrounds that vary in culture and religion. If religion and prayer were allowed in the public schools, it would interrupt the classroom settings because religion is difficult to understand, and everyone who studies or believes in a particular religion, feels as though their religion is the correct way to go, and other religions are wrong. So, in order to prevent the problem, public schools are prohibited from discussing or teaching the religion. Kennedy presents the idea that kids are sent to private schools in order to receive the best possible education, and teachers that teach at private schools are the best teachers (Kennedy).
When determining whether public or private schools offer the best quality of teachers, it is important to look at the requirements needed to teach in academic environments. According to the Illinois board of education, in order to teach in public schools in the state of Illinois teachers must be of good character, have a bachelors degree, and have student teaching experience. Some other mandatory requirements are that teachers must have completed coursework that addresses the psychology of identifying methods of instruction, a college major that is aligned with the particular kind or certificate