Issue #1: Public School vs. Private School
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It seems like whenever I sit down with the family for Christmas dinner, or at lunch with relatives as a matter of fact, this subject always comes up. Well, at least when my aunt is there. She continues to make false accusations about public schools, which drives me crazy! Her kids go to private school, so she has no idea what a public school is like anyway.
First of all, people who go to private school or have children that go to
private school have no right to make false accusations about public schools, and that goes both ways. Second of all, there are some things I think we all need to understand.
I am a public school student, and, having relatives who go to private school, I know most of what goes on in both. Personally, I like public school, but I'm not saying private school is a bad thing.
People sometimes fear public schools, saying everyone's pushing drugs, having sex, and getting a bad education. Now, I don't know about the city schools, but quite frankly that's over-exaggerating where I live. Yes, there are druggies. Yes, people have sex. Yes, some people flunk all subjects. But, let's take another look. Are the druggies pushing drugs to other groups of people, such as preppys? No. They keep to themselves. Are people unwantedly having sex? No. The people who do have sex do it in their own time, out of their own free will. Are we getting a bad education though? No. Those who are willing to learn do learn.
Actually, however, when you think about it, private school kids are more
likely to have the drugs, since they've got more money. I know in the one Catholic high school down the street the students grow their own drugs with Chia pets. So, actually, the drug issue can be worse in private schools.
In public schools, everyone is separated into different groups. What people do in those groups is up to them. We are not getting a bad education. The teachers are not the problem. When someone gets a "bad" education, they are usually unwilling to learn, therefore neglecting homework and schoolwork. You can't let this type of stuff influence you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with public school. (Besides, you don't have to pay those extra tuition bills!)
Now let's take a look at private schools. They get good educations there as well. Kidwise, they may or may not have the same types, but there are always the problem ones. Basically, private school is pretty much the same as public school. However, there are some major differences.
Well, let's start with the obvious. Some private schools have uniforms, most public schools do not. While having a uniform can save money, this does not promote your own fashion style. I like not having uniforms because you can dress in your own unique style. Of course, I'm not going to argue my point since that's not the issue.
Private schools are extremely small compared to public schools. That can create a huge problem. Let's think about this a minute. Public schools are crowded. Private schools are not. Now, once we public school kids get out into the real world, (a.k.a. college, universities, etc.) there will be no shock. We're used to being surrounded by tons of people and getting crowded into a teeny tiny space. The private school children are going to be shocked at how many people are in the world and how many people you can fit into a classroom.
Here's another difference. You can interact with all sorts of people in
public school: Latinos, African-Americans, people of other religions, etc. In private school, you don't get that kind of experience. You can't even make many new friends, since you'll be around the same people during your entire school experience. You may be stuck with all Catholics. And, in some cases, you might even be with only girls. What will happen when you meet all these guys in college? Now that's a scary picture. (And yes, that goes for all-guy schools too.)
My last difference: in private school, you don't have a lot of people to
compete against. In other words, you may think you're smart, but when you get out in the real world, up against a ton more people, you'll be in for a shock. In public school, it means something more when you're smart. Not only that, but you can be pretty sure you're not going to end up average in the real world, since you're up against a lot more people in public school.
Despite what people think, public schools are just as good, if not better,
than private schools. Public schooling is an experience everyone should have, but if you go to private school, realize that I'm not putting you down. You are who you are, and that's what makes you unique. It doesn't matter where you go to school, you will always be you. Even if you're not the prettiest or the brightest when you get out on your own, you will always be you, and that is a great feat.
So, next time you think about making an accusation about a school you've never even been to, think twice. Realize that your view may not be correct. Try to get an inside look at both types of schools, like I did, before you make your point. Trust me, it's better to have evidence to back up your accusation, unlike my aunt.
- Jen (July 20, 2001)