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Should You Pay For Private School Or Stick With A State School?

Should You Pay For Private School Or Stick With A State School?

Private schools are expensive, but the idea that it is a waste of money is silly. After all, parents are happy to pay to put their child through university, so why is it so abhorrent that they put their child through a private High school? The real question is if private school is value for money, and there is no real way to tell if it is or it isn’t. It all depends on what you want in return for your money.

The Potential For Faster Progress

The first is the fact that students in private schools are allowed/more able to work at a faster rate than students in state schools. In a state school, students are allowed to progress as fast as the slowest student in their class (in most cases). In private schools, there tends to be a bigger push towards letting students run at their own pace. This does mean that a hard-working student has more chance to earn extra credits.

One of the biggest selling points for private schools is the fact you may pick the philosophy that suits you. If you would prefer your child to receive a good conservative education, you can pick a conservative school. If you want your child to receive a liberal education, then you can a left wing school. You may also pick private schools that stick to religious ideals in a way that some state schools cannot.

Picking A Private School And Paying For it

State schools are funded by the government via taxes. In a private school, part of the payment comes from student’s, parents, and/or from sponsors. Private schools are business enterprises, whereas state schools are there solely to give students their mandatory education. Should you spend your hard-earned cash to send your child to private school? Is it worth the expense? It depends upon what you want and what your priorities are. It also depends upon how much you are willing to invest in something that may offer no real return, (after all, plenty of private school graduates go on to do the same thing that State school graduates do).

Students Get A Better Social Education In State Schools

Private school students tend to be a little more sheltered from the realities of this world. They are still exposed to drugs, prostitution, sexploitation and foul language, but they rarely have the chance to associate with people that have a genuinely hard life.

They do not make friends with people that cannot afford nice clothes, good meals and the ability to go on school trips. It makes them ignorant of such things and allows them to exist in a bubble of ignorance that could last a lifetime.

Associate With The Successful If You Want Success

There is a theory that if you want to improve yourself that you should associate with people that are successful. The students within a private school may not have had much personal success, but there is a good chance their parents and their parents friends are experiencing success and their children are associating with them.

The students may become successful in school, and your children may associate with those same children. As a result, a student may be more inclined towards success in a private school. On the other hand, a student in a state school may become associated with people that are proud to underachieve.

State Schools Expose People To Real Life

There are a lot of things that exist in real life that state schools may prepare a child for. Many people think they are entitled to happiness, when in fact the world makes no such promises. Some expect life to have meaning, a purpose, or that its only true certainty is death. Little do they realize that life makes no promises, and that the certainty of death is neither a comfort nor a validation of life, and only the most self-absorbed would think in such a way.

In state school, students are more exposed to these realities and are better able to deal with them as adults. Private schools and liberal (left wing) colleges perpetuate the notion that people have the “right” not to feel offended. Students that leave state schools are not burdened with the idea that they have a “right” not to feel offended, they understand that the world simply is not that sanitized and regimented.

Private Schools Will Often Give a Better Education

This statement has been qualified with the word “often.” There are plenty of students that hate their private school, and many feel intense guilt and even suicidal feelings because their parents are making sacrifices to send them to a school they cannot stand.

Nevertheless, on average, a student is more likely to do well in a private school than in a state school. One of the biggest reasons is because class sizes are smaller, so teachers can dedicate more time to each student whilst helping to ensure that misbehaving students are dealt with quicker.

Class Sizes Differ In Private And State Schools

In most cases, the class sizes in private school are smaller than in state schools. This is usually because private schools have fewer students and yet have the same teaching budget as state schools. In religious schools (state or otherwise), there are sometimes very small classes, and there are state schools in remote areas that have smaller class sizes.

Teaching Quality Varies (But There Is No Guarantee)

There are two reasons why your child “may” get a better education at a private school. The first is because class sizes tend to be smaller, so there are fewer chances for disruptions and the teacher doesn’t have to spread him or herself so thin.

The second reason is because an apathetic teacher in a state school may not be noticed for years, but in state school, the administration will be a little more observant for fear the students will go home and complain to their money-paying parents.

Make no mistake, there are plenty of state schools and religious schools that have a good record for teaching quality that rivals and beats private schools. The point made here are generalisations. If you send your child to a private school, the probability of your child getting a better education increases.

Facilities May Be Better

A private school will often have better facilities. Part of the reason is because they have fewer students, means their depreciation and shrinkage budget is far lower. Part of the reason is because better facilities are “expected.”

Better facilities doesn’t translate into better grades, nor does higher investment in facilities. That is why the US spends $809.6 billion on education every year, and yet is only number 46 in the world for education. There are plenty of examples of colleges and universities investing lots of money into technology and it having no effect on grades. In most cases, an investment in technology today, means higher maintenance costs and ergo higher teaching fees tomorrow.

The Curriculum May Be Interpreted Differently

In state schools, your child follows a national curriculum. In private schools this is also true. After all, people in state and private schools will be taking the same exams in the end, so one cannot deviate from the core material without expecting to fall behind. However, there are a few notable differences that may encourage parents to send their children to private school.

About The Author

Ash The Great

After a varied career in different industries from the hospitality industry to the financial consultancy industry, Ash now spends his days working as a professional writer.

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