Every parent must make the important choice once their child becomes of age to attend school; would the child thrive in a public school setting, or would private education be better? If you are debating whether or not to provide your child with a private education, it might help you to remember why private schools are available. Private education options exist because public education is not suitable for every child. Public schools do not offer some of the very important features that can be found in a private educational setting. There are many benefits of a private education, and all of the benefits of a private education should be carefully considered by each parent and child.
A private education gives people more control over the learning environment. Parents who pursue private education for their child get to choose to send their child to a private school close to their neighborhood or they can send their child to a private school in another country. Public schools must by law accept any student who lives in the local district, even if the child is disruptive and behaves disrespectfully to students and teachers. Private schools, just like the families that support them, have free choice. Private schools can accept or dismiss any student if the student is disruptive in class. Because of this, bullying is closely monitored in private schools and it is usually dealt with and quashed more quickly than in public schools. Environmental factors strongly influence a person’s motivation to learn. The smaller student per teacher ratio in private schools makes for a better learning environment as well because students can concentrate on their work and have fewer distractions.
Private education is also beneficial for having more choice over what is being taught. Because private education is funded by the individuals who want it, these people have more decision-making authority over the classes offered. Homeschooling is a good example of people having more choice in course content through private education. Homeschooling is a form of private education that can be done at the student’s home. Homeschooled students are taught by their parents or by their tutors primarily in their homes, however, lessons can be taught to them outside of their homes. Homeschooling families can freely choose the curriculum they prefer to study and they can also choose their own timetables for when they want to study.
Learning does not only have to take place between Monday to Friday during the daytime and afternoon; homeschooled students can be taught on the weekends, during the evenings, during the summer season, and use their swimming lessons as a physical education class if they choose to. Students who attend private schools also tend to have more scholastic and extra-curricular choices than public school students because the focus of private schools is to cater to the students’ needs and wants instead of fulfilling the wishes of school board administrators. Students who are privately educated also have opportunities to include studying about their religious beliefs as part of their educational process; many private schools are faith-based, and homeschooling students can study their faith in freedom with the guidance of their families. Although private education costs money, it is a great way for families to achieve better quality learning and more personalized education, which are priceless.