Should you or should not you pay for your child’s education? Mant parents believe that catholic schools provide an overall better education for their children than the public schools. Why choosing the public school instead of a catholic school?
First, children in public school system receive the same quality of education, if not better. Some studies show that students from the catholic settings are not well-prepared to pass the standardized tests, not to mention the fact that they are not motivated to go to college. What is the reason for this laxness? Is there anything to do with the fact that children in the catholic installations are not allowed individuality and lack of personal space? In public schools students got used to cope with their problems. They learn from experience how to survive in high school. Instead of being secluded in a ‘fantasy world’ far from the reality, students in public settings struggle over their independance. What’s more, children in public schools have higher test scores than the students in the catholic schools. When it comes to academics, there should be two options ahead of you – either public school or boarding school. You do not have to struggle over a choice between public school and catholic school! Choose the public school.
Second, catholic schools cost a small fortune by comparison to public schools. Should they offer a theological addition to your children’s education, they can still be prohibitively expensive. Not only do you have to pay a tuition, from which children in public schools are exempted because they are state funded, but also you have to take into account all the monetray expenses raised by private schooling such as uniforms, sports fees and occasionaly transportation costs.
Third, should catholic schools have smaller size class and allow a more intimate teacher/student involvment, they also enhance somewhat feeling of seclusion. Children having attended catholic schools tend to be less extroverted to people by comparison with students in public schools. While public schools nurture open mindedness and encourage students to be critical, catholic schools tend to impose strict regulations and demand total obedience of their students.
Furthermore, catholic installations do not always practice what they preach. There are a great number of lifestyles which are unacceptable in the eyes of the church. Should we let our children being brainwashed by catholic teachers? Let’s give them a chance to find their own views by themselves. Let’s allow them learn from experience the real world. The world in which racial diversity is not something abnormal. The world in which sexual orientation is not considered wrong in any way.
Should public schools have a larger class size, they open students to more of a ‘real world’ environment. Do not forget, different lifestyles, upbringings and classes grow character and allow teenagers a better chance of survival in our constantly changing society. While catholic schools produce naive children brought up in a somewhat secluded world, public schools allow children to confront their problems and live a ‘real life’ in the real world.
All in all, catholic and public schools have their own benefits, but if you want your child to grow character, to be open-minded about diversity of the world, choose the public school. Children must not live in secluded world far from the reality, because it can be dangerous for them. They must mature as independent and open-minded individuals who know how to cope with the ‘real world’.
Many parents struggle over the important choice to either send their children to private boarding school or public school. However, many parents are faced with the dilemma of choosing between catholic schools and public schools. Some people think that parents should choose public school over any non-profit educational organization, especially catholic education settings. They insist that public schools offer a lot more to children and have better reputation then Catholic institutions. What’s more, these institutions cost a small fortune and do not provide a good education. Jerry Bransby’s research reinforces this conclusion.
According to Bransby there are several differences between Catholic and public schools. First, catholic educational settings tolerate repressive measures and impose stricter rules of conduct upon students than the public installations. They include the wearing of uniforms and the anal control over behavior. But if it is all about rules of conduct and order, why not sending your children to military school. In contrast to the catholic strict regulations, public schools are fairly lax and accept individualism. In public schools students are encouraged to be inventive and one of a kind. When it comes to the screening process, catholic teachers are said to be somewhat lax in carrying out their duties, while the teachers in public schools usually have a higher degree of expertise. Oftentimes parents pay a small fortune for nothing. Research shows that a great number of high school students from the catholic installations do not continue their education.
Second, the public schools offer generally better curriculum, more diverse classes and subjects taught on higher levels than at the catholic schools. In other words, students in catholic installations do not have good test scores and are ill-prepared for taking standardized tests. While students from public schools have strong educational background and get high marks in the tests, those from the catholic settings generally have bad results.
Clearly, catholic schools have small classes and a tighter knit atmosphere. It is a fact, however, that larger classes make a student learn to fight. In other words, public schools will prepare your children for the real world where there are no hand outs. If they really want to achieve something, they will have to fight for it. Some people think that in a way catholic schools create a kind of ‘segregated world’ in which students live far from the real world. Thus, children grow up in a secluded and non-diverse environment without knowing what personal space means. Instead of being encouraged to be inventive and unique, they are plunge into monotonous and robotic existence.
Many parents believe that catholic schools provide an overall better education for their children by comparison of public schools. However, recent studies show that students from the catholic installations not only are ill-prepared for standardized tests, but also are lacking in self-motivation to go to college. More studies are needed before anything can be proven but the matter of fact is that parents pay a small fortune for education which is not good enough.