As parents it is our responsibility to help our kids build the foundation for the rest of their lives, and their education is a huge part of this. Because the government has cut back so much on funding, public schools have had to cut down on teachers, programs etc. The reality of the situation is that the education that our kids are getting at public schools has become sub-standard. So how do we give our kids a better education? One really great option is to switch to a private school.
I went to a private school from pre-school to eighth grade. This year, I switched my daughter to a private school for seventh grade, and now I am able to see the benefits from a parent’s point of view. First of all, private schools are about a year ahead in their academics, and since there are a lot less kids, the teachers are able to give more of the one on one help to the kids who need it. When my daughter was at a public school, I remember there was a punctuation test that she failed. Being a straight A student, if she failed a test, obviously she didn’t understand the subject. Even though punctuation is extremely important, the teacher handed her back the test and didn’t say a word about it. It simply didn’t matter to that teacher. Also, now that my daughter is in a private school, she is also getting the opportunity to take Spanish, which is something that public schools don’t offer until high school.
Another huge difference that I have noticed is that since the school doesn’t depend on the ridiculous government funding, parents don’t feel like they are being hounded for money all of the time. At the public school my daughter was at, they would come up with the most absurd ways to get parents to donate money almost every week. For example, they would say that if every parent donated $10, they would have a popcorn party, and things like that. Then they’d get the kids all worked up about a popcorn party and as a parent you would feel pressured because you didn’t want your kid to be the only reason the class missed out on that wonderful popcorn. But then the worst part was, besides that popcorn, you never saw anything that benefited your kids directly. But at the private school, any time they do ask for parents to send in money, it always directly benefits your child. Usually it’s for a specific field trip to pay for food, games and things like that.
The other big difference I have noticed between public and private schools is the kids. When my daughter was at the public school, I would hear the way the kids would talk and I couldn’t believe it. They cuss and talk back to the teachers, and their conversations are not conversations that junior high kids should be having. Plus, a lot of them are just mean. I know that junior high kids are known for not being the nicest people, but the kids at public schools are much worse than the kids at private schools.