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General Pros & Cons

Regarding the experience of attending either type of school, and the effects on the child.
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Robert Derbyshire 05:02, 25 April 2011
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  • esb 08:54, 28 December 2011

    I have attended only to public schools, and I´m really happy of that. I have met wonderful people there and about the education level, in Spain it depends on the school, not on if it´s public or private (actually some private ones have really bad reputation cause is said that as long as you pay, you can obtain a degree, even without studying at all), but as I have said, it depends on the specific institution in my opinion..

  • Ryan.Pravato 03:27, 13 December 2011

    In the United States, Private school is seen as the superior option, and most times by far. But some families who may have the money to send their children to private school might not live close to one. They either choose to suck it up and send their children to Public schools, or actually send their children away (to live) to a Private school.

  • cristina.allyce 17:43, 12 December 2011

    I, too, attended both public and private schools (in the US). I attended public school during the years leading up to high school (1st-8th grade). You meet a lot of amazing, diverse people in private school. Where I went, everyone had to apply, get accepted, etc. For that reason, I think, there was a lot of competition among students. We pushed each other. Some people ended up dropping out. Some people excelled because of the pressure. Private and public schools may or may not utilize different teaching methods. The private high school I went to approached learning in a completely different way than most public high schools. Classes were small (approximately 16 students) and we all sat around one large, oval table. We weren't allowed to raise our hands. Learning was strictly discussion-based. This approach appealed to (and worked) for me, but may not be ideal for all people. Another thing to consider is extracurricular activities. For example, I was an avid softball player at the time - and while my private high school had a softball team, the team at the public high school was much better. Had I played softball at the public high school, I probably would have played in college, too. In general, though, private schools offer just as many (if not more) extracurricular activities than public schools. Overall, I think it depends on the private and public schools in question. It also depends on the candidate. Do some research and weigh your options. Make sure you outline the things that are most important to you (friends, class size, extracurriculars, etc). This is a decision that should not be rushed!

  • Robert Derbyshire 05:03, 25 April 2011

    I attended both public and private schools while being educated, and it worked out well - we had an excellent public primary (junior) school, as well as a really good 6th form college (high school), so I went to these, with four years in private education in the middle. So don’t feel kids are committed one way or other. I've long considered the relative advantages of both. My friends and constantly complained about the excessive rules in the private school we attended to age 16, and loved the freedom we got when we moved to a public school – although some people took this too far, and needed to retake their first year. So you need self-discipline for sixth form (age 17-18) in public colleges in the UK, it may be different elsewhere. I generally preferred the people in public education. A lot of people in private school were pretentious and arrogant, and very hierarchical-minded – who is more popular than whom. But then, my parents noticed that my friends from public school are much more confident than those from private school. They-we- are good at talking to parents and other older generation people. Any the friends I made at public school are my best and oldest. Just some things to think about.