Choosing the right school can make all the difference in one’s academic career. Both public and private schools offer several perks and drawbacks that every parent must weigh to pick the best fit for their child. So, what kind of institution provides the most benefits?
This house believes that public schools are a better option than private schools.
While each child is unique, public schools offer the most benefits to the broadest range of people, the most significant advantage being free education. Public schools usually get their funding from the government at the central or local level via sources such as tax revenues, lottery funds, and grants. These institutions, in turn, must take in every student within their respective geographical zones and provide at least primary and middle school education for free. Having no cost-prohibitive tuitions nor any particular requirements expected from the parents and students, public schools are more inclusive than private schools. Another merit of public schools is how they are required to maintain a certain standard of teaching, following a government-approved curriculum and hiring certified teachers. Parents can rest assured that their children will receive a quality education from teachers who have received the proper training and are licensed to teach.
Private schools have a reputation for providing high-quality education for a reason. They are highly selective, accepting only a small number of children who meet their strict criteria, which results in smaller classes than public schools. This smaller student-to-teacher ratio is advantageous because it allows more individualized attention and instruction. Private schools also generally have a resource advantage over their public counterparts. These institutions generate revenue by charging students tuition and, depending on the region, supplement this with government funding. As such, they can accommodate better facilities, equipment for extracurricular activities, and up-to-date technology and other resources for the classroom. Furthermore, private schools often offer specialized curriculums that are not available in public schools due to not being as strictly bound to the guidelines outlined by the government. As such, they are an excellent choice for children with specific interests or talents in certain subjects.
Private schools may offer more resources, but it costs so much more. Not every parent can afford to spend thousands of dollars on their child’s education. This feature further creates a lack of diversity in the school’s student body, as only students from similar affluent backgrounds could meet the expenses of these institutions. Schools are supposed to prepare students for the real world, but private schools deter students from interacting with others of different cultures, races, and economic statuses. Additionally, as private schools are largely unregulated by the government, they do not follow the same guidelines as public schools. For instance, they generally require fewer qualifications from their teachers in terms of both experience and certifications. In comparison, public schools often have a diverse student body from all walks of life, encouraging children to appreciate and become more tolerant of differences. And they further guarantee a solid education by teachers who know what they are doing.
While public schools are generally inexpensive and accept any student who applies to them, it often results in overcrowding. This aspect of public schools is problematic as it hinders the teachers’ ability to provide enough attention to each student. And, because these schools follow a set curriculum, the teachers may not have the flexibility to tailor their instruction to individual student needs. Further compounding this issue is the schools’ inadequate funding, which prevents most schools from providing quality learning materials and education. In contrast, private schools typically have higher academic standards than public schools, ensuring the students are suitably challenged and prepared for college. And while private schools do not offer much in the way of diversity, they are characterized by a strong focus on values such as respect, responsibility, and discipline. Discipline, in particular, is often taken seriously at private schools, where students who misbehave can find themselves expelled.
Both sides have raised some very intriguing points. What do you think about this issue? Are public schools better than private schools? Research on your own, and let me know what you think!
Yesel Kang Copy Editor
1. What are the main arguments made by the first speech of the pro side?
2. What are the main arguments made by the first speech of the con side?
3. What are the main arguments made by the second speech of the pro side?
4. What are the main arguments made by the second speech of the con side?
1. Do you agree with the arguments of the pro side? Explain why or why not.
2. Do you agree with the arguments of the con side? Explain why or why not.
3. Which side has more convincing arguments? Explain your reasoning.
4. Did you go to a public or private school? Describe your experience.