Private Vs. Public Schooling

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Private vs. Public Schooling with Benedikt and Godsey

The decision of whether parents should send their children to public or private school has been debated for many years in our society. In fact, 1 in 4 parents reconsider the type of school their children should attend based on economic challenges (2009). Issues of cost, accessibility, and privilege have all been considered into deciding whether it is right for private schools to exist and the effectiveness of attending a private school. As a result, two authors, Allison Benedikt and Michael Godsey voice their differing opinions on how effective private schooling is for students and society based on observations and their own experiences. I plan to analyze the points made in two articles “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person” and “Why I’m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent”, and well as compare and contrast their opinions with the information provided from Eduardo Porter’s “In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich”.

On the side of the opposed, Benedikt believes the private schools further segregate students of different socioeconomic statuses and widen the achievement gap between people who can afford private school and people who cannot. According to Benedikt, parents send their children to private school because they want to avoid issues public school students have to encounter, but unfortunately at the expense of increasing the inequality for the students who have no choice but to attend public schools. The child would already have the resources they would need if the parents were already willing to pay for their education, a privilege that many students who already attend poor public schools do not have: “If you can afford priva...

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.... However, Godsey fails to acknowledge the privilege that comes with being able to afford a private education, and only shows in his argument that his contribution to the issue is to help only those around him when the assistance is requested. Both authors ' views have positive appeals and negative issues, especially after reviewing Eduardo Porter’s analysis of public education and local taxation, but all parties agree that education is the backbone of success for young minds and action needs to

be taken. The kind of action that is needed depends on the preference of the person, but when it comes to finding a useful sociological solution, there needs to be a strong understanding of people and how situation play out in different scenarios. The debate remains on-going, but the more we are able to voice our opinion, the closer we are to obtaining an effective consensus.
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