Public Vs Public Education: Private Vs. Public

explanatory Essay
1194 words
1194 words

Meshack Mtango
Professor Kimokoti
Final Paper
April 27, 2014

“Private vs. Public”

Education is fundamental in today’s society. It has become a sought after medium for attaining success. Many careers have set specific educational requirements for a person to even be considered for employment. The education that one receives can be achieved through different types of institutes. Many parents face the conundrum of sending their children to the right institution that will aid in their child’s future success. The choices seem to be in abundance but many people find themselves limited to a short list of obtainable institutions. The parents have a great deal of things that need to be thought through. This may require factors that have to be considered. Some of the factors include the following: curriculum, class sizes, cost and school’s quality but these are some questions that stand out. Does the type of school really help performance? Are there factors that hinder one type of institution from thriving? These decisions are crucial and, for the most part, will determine the type of institution the child will receive his or hers knowledge from.

Education is defined as the “discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning in school or school-like environments as opposed to various non-formal and informal means of socialization.”(Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008). If one really looks at education, he or she will realize how broad it actually is. Education extends beyond the notion that it is merely for knowledge alone. It is imperative that one view education in an analytical perspective. Mr. Smith suggests that “we must also ensure that students develop critical thinking skills.” Critical thinking is a definite must ...

... middle of paper ... rather than public schools.”(School Vouchers, 2013) These scholarships provide an opportunity for low-income or disabled students to have a private alternative for his or hers education. The opportunity scholarships allow those who can’t afford a private education to experience being in a higher performing school but is this a guarantee? One might argue that public schools are governed by regulations that “inhibit performance.”(Christopher and Weitzel, 2008) It is true that public schools are governed by the federal regulations but they still offer a competitive edge against their private school counterparts. Vouchers have not been received so joyously by all. The controversy of using vouchers to “redirect public funds to private organization, including religiously affiliated private schools.” This controversy shows a depiction of linking church and state.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that public and private schools have their similarities and differences that, in the end, develop a student’s mind.
  • Explains that education is a sought-after medium for attaining success in today's society, and that it is meant for the passing of knowledge and enhancing future generations.
  • Explains the differences between public and private schools. public schools are required to accept every child regardless of their academic ability. private schools, on average, maintain a low student body.
  • Explains that 90 percent of parents would not consider a private education if financial aid was not available. vouchers are state-funded scholarships that pay for students to attend private school rather than public schools.
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