Public or Private school?

United States
February 4, 2009 3:49am CST
I was a product of private school system. I went to private schools from kindergarten-university. I've worked in all private institutions. I always believed that private education is the best especially in our country. They have their own money so they don't rely on government funding to improve their facilities and equipments and to hire and pay for more qualified educators. The teachers are encouraged to grow personally and professionally. They don't verbally or physically abuse students because parents pay much not to have somebody hit their children. I have seen the difference when I went to a public school for a year, I lost interest in my studies at that time because we were learning something I already learned 3 years ago when I was in a private elementary school. Teachers were lazy and they gossiped most of the time or had their students do some paper work while they were free chatting. The subjects were taught not in the medium of instruction required but in the local dialect. Forgive me for being biased, I just believe that private schools are way better than public ones. Do you agree? What is your private/public school experience?
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• South Africa
6 Feb 09
In my country, the public schools have deteriorated quite badly. The private schools are very expensive. In theory, a public school is good for your little one - I went to one and I found it more humble and real. But in SA, if you can afford it - private all the way!!
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@vicky30 (4771)
• India
6 Feb 09
I studied in a public school.There the teachers used to show partiality to the students.There were only a few teachers very nice to me.If somebody did wrong in the school.The whole school or the class would be punished for the wrong deed which is not right.I don't respect my school anymore.
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
i went to a private school during my primary years but i had a bad experience with it because i was the poorest in my class, my mother couldn't afford anything to donate or contribute anything to my school or couldn't buy gifts for my teacher during special occasions. unlike my classmates, they would often bring food, give gifts for my teacher so they would become teacher's pet...i became a teacher's pet also...in a sense that my teacher would always call me during discussions and whenever i cant say the correct answer she would always humiliate me in front of the class,during our class break, i was always the last one to eat because i have to arrange the chairs and tables in the canteen as a punishment for not doing my assignments...i'm also her favorite student because she would always call me after class to pull out her white hairs while waiting for the school bus..she would lock me up in a cabinet if i refuse to...because of that, my classmates also gave me the same treatment as to what my teacher is doing to me...they always bullied me...if something is missing they would always accused me of stealing it...and then get punished again by helping the janitor...one time, in order to be close to my classmates, i ask my mom to buy me coloring book, i brought it to school and ask them to help me color it...but to my horror, they torn and destroy my book..because of these things,it came to a point that i became quiet, alone,and afraid...i loss my appetite and that's what caused my mom to transfer me to a public school...in there i became sociable, i gained friends...i excelled in school..in fact i graduated in honors....i'm glad i was tranferres..
@itsmine (104)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I agree private schools are better than public school. Private schools are having onw money, so that they can provide quality education and facilites, at the same time they are collecting money from children whoever's parents ready to pay. Means only persons whoever able to pay, they can only get quality education. An individual's effort is also speacking in addition to schools.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
I would not say that private school is better than a public school. I believe that it is the student who makes the difference. Their surroundings also play a role in this outcome but ultimately I think that it is up to the student to be successful or not. I attended private school as well as public. I did well in both systems. Yes, the public schools do tend to lag behind public schools in the curriculum they teach and yes, the school is a bit more relaxed but despite these issues it is ultimately the same. I currently tutor kids in english, math, and sats. Some of the kids attend private and some public. There are many kids who attend private schools and "mess" up and do not earn their success. Public kids on the other hand, work harder and earn their success in the end. I am not saying this is true for all students in either system, this is just what I have seen in my experiences. If the child has a genuine want to be successful and make something out of themselves, I believe no matter what system they are in, they will achieve their goal. I also believe that if the child does not have this desire no matter how much a parents pushes the child, it will not help, and may ultimately push the child in the opposite direction of not wanting to study at all.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I disagree. I use to work at a private school. First let me say that even private schools need help with funding. You also have your share of verbal abuse & physical abuse in both private or public & that's something that has nothing to do with whether it's a private/public school or not. I also want to make clear that I also know people who have kids in private school & some of the teachers don't even have a degree. Even the private school I worked at didn't have teachers whith degrees. I think it all depends on the school, public or private. Either way you go, some public schools are bad & some private schools are bad. But there are some really good public schools out there...
• Philippines
4 Feb 09
private schools here.. hmm teachers cant share verbal abuse especially that most students or kids are vocal..teaching kids without a degree?!.. hmmmm the school can be sued for that right? coz here in our country teaching without the bachelor's degree is already a crime..and its one of the qualification if you apply ina prestigious school. most private school here are good especially when parents are paying 60,000 and up yearly.. and if school cant provide the equipment.. we have parent-teachers association meeting so most parents would donate some money.. which is good.. coz most of them will offer more for the benefit of their kids.. or for some institution here.. before you enroll, you as a parent need to put some donation like 10,000 per student its like a bond.. so that school can invest equipments right away to enhance their facilities.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
6 Feb 09
Public school teachers have to have a degree, but private school teachers really don't. They are able to get away with it. So I wouldn't trust all private schools. And verbal or any abuse is wrong in any school, private or not.. As for public schools, you get a good education & you don't even have to spend all that money to get the education... To each their own though...
@greyzppc (111)
• Philippines
4 Feb 09
Yes I agree with you. I am also observed that during my school years. I went to both public and private school, I also work in private company. Private school and private company are strict both especially in time and quality. I also observed in public offices, employees are more relax than in private employees.
• United States
4 Feb 09
I agree. Sometimes this gives me bad impression about people or anything that has to do with the government. lol
@hotsummer (10800)
• Guam
4 Feb 09
well i went to private school too. but i wish that i went to public school as long as the school is a safe one. cause private school are too strict. so i guess that is the disadvantage being in private school.
@rainzero (505)
4 Feb 09
I also came from private institutions since prep...my mom worked hard to the bone for it,even for my sister...for common reason that is generally accepted - facilities..which they think is an effectve tool for learning..yes i agree...and that public schools are way left behind...but i dont marginalize them coz most outstanding studnts came from public schools or state universities...it ol boils down on the learning curve of the student...the lazier d student,the slower the learning whether he/she was educated in an privy or public school...
@plasma (675)
• India
5 Feb 09
Indeed. It all depends on the pupil on what he receives and what he wants to receive.
• Philippines
5 Dec 09
The same things with me since my highschool and college life i study and graduate in a private schools which i could say the educational system is far advanced and better in public schools. though, i experience studying in public school during my elementary levels which i highly enjoy as i have a lot of friends around where thy are fun to be with and could relate to make a simple activities into a fabulous one. my friends are mix genders since at a tender age i find it more comfortable to befriend boys as they have few hang up in compare to girls who are mostly nasty and have only few girl friends which i find nice and kind. Though, if i am going to compare my school life in public is more of a freedom environment with a lot of peers. Though the only downsides because of excessive number of students the ratio of room is small which kinda cramped and crowded. then, i never learn well as the teacher is few and could not attend well to the needs of their students causing lax in my parts result of lacking interest in academic and curricular subjects because the teacher have favoritism and students who belong to the last section hardly learn as the teacher assign to teach students are not really good in her manner of teaching failing to arouse the interest of the students to study better. While, comparing to my experience in studying in private schools I belong to either to the first or second section and the rooms is more spacious with limited number of students. The facilities and teaching method are all excellent to compensate the high tuition fees in order to experience excellent one need to pay it which is worth the effort as the schools is private run by religious orders. They are likely to teach moral and other religious discipline making the students aware of the values of compassion and social responsibility. I learn better in private schools as the curriculum is not highly mix off and the student are not getting confused as they enjoy the environment making them enjoy their study as well.
• Philippines
28 Nov 09
school - school is fun
Hi nympha687!I am a product of private school system too. That is from nursery to graduate school. Not that I have anything against the public school system. I also do not have anything about products of public schools. However, I think that there are so many issues and concerns that they are confronted with. Perhaps the government should give more priority to these public schools which they are supposed to govern and fund. I pity the condition of the public schools here in the Philippines. Majority of them are not well maintained. That is of course very disadvantageous to the students. That is why, there is already a stigma on public schools. They are often looked down upon because of that negative perception of them. I hope something can be done about this.
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
8 Feb 09
I think it depends on the school and the teacher. I think there is much to be said for many of the public schools and many of the teachers who are in them. I think that you are generalizing and if you think, you will remember that not ALL of the teachers were lazy or gossipers. I taught in a public school for 30 years. I won't say that I was the best and I probably had my days of being lazy and of gossiping, but I did my job. And I will say this. I grew up with a girl who went to private school......Catholic school. And she was always behind what I was doing in MY PUBLIC school. I think much of it has to do with the public school you are in and the teachers you have. I had some excellent teachers when I was in public schools and I worked with some equally excellent ones. I don't think it is fair of you to belittle teachers who work in systems who might not be the best they can be. I will agree that public schools might not always be the best, but I don't think private ones are perfect, either.
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
5 Feb 09
I have been brought up in a private school and I strongly beleive that the place where I live, private schools are a better choice than public school. The level of education is quite low in a public school an dno other extra curricular activities are being taken care of.
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
Im also from private school, and yup its better to study in private coz of facilities and standard of learning they provide..the more u pay the best service you can get.. thats reality..
@kguru1979 (381)
• India
5 Feb 09
I can say one thing. I have studied in a public school only which is under control of state gevernment only. But still i got lot of good teachers during my learning and that school only made me to grow mature. Even my English is somewhat ok since I studied in that school. I am not coming to say that private schools are bad. Most of the private schools are giving better education in terms of updated educational syllabus. But still we cant rule out that public schools are bad.
@chingbeem (910)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
Hi Nympha. i just responded a while ago to a discussion by mylotter lanlan011. I talked about English as medium of instruction here in the philippines from pre-school to College. I mentioned that I was speaking in behalf of the private school since I am not aware of our public schools' system. Regarding your discussion...I think most people will really prefer the private as,as you have said,more equiped with qualified educators and facilities. the only thing is,some people of lower income would just have to settle with sending their kids to public schools. This is of another thread already-but I really hope the government should do its best for the public schools. The only problem is corruption...DepEd is one of the agencies with a very big budget...aside from the military and the agricultural sector...sad to say,these are the top agencies with "nakakasukang(puking)" corruption! Back to public schools,I learned that a classroom may even contain 100 students. Some sitting on the floor. Imagine that! No matter how credible a teacher may be...sanity will be in a delicate condition. My husband's work requires him to go to the North Cotabato Area. I was able to travel with him. As soon as we enter The arc that says...Welcome to North Cotabato---I could not help but to appreciate the green vegetation of the place. The best thing is...passing through a number of public schools along the highway. The schools are painted with pastel colored paints. The landscaping together with ponds and nipa huts are just remarkable. Very clean,very quiet. Very serene. Kids...run around happily. I could not believe their schools would be so homey. Great place,except for the MILF...or whoever kidnaps teachers...grrr I have never been to any public school except in College. But UP is a different public school...oh well,the facilites were a downer really. But I grew up with the Benedictine and RVM sisters. My Husband with the Claretian brothers. My kids are now with the Jesuits priests and Paulinian sisters. I do hope,that someday,we will be able to say that public schools are better than the private ones...pag puti maybe ng uwak (when the crow whitens.
@jyesha (105)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
well for me it depends the teacher, if the teacher has good motivation and easily get the attention of his/her students well the students easily gained gained knowledge yes some of teachers in public schools are lazy but some are effective teachers
@maezee (40973)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I am the total opposite. Personally, I've attended public schools (in an inner-city setting) from kindergarten until graduating high school. It was hard, because it lacked funding SO badly, and having it be in the city somehow made it be even worse. Desks would be broken, we'd have to share textbooks, we'd have a very limited amount of books that we could check out at the school library. We had very old MAC computers & couldn't afford upgraded technology. We had HUGE classes )35-40 students, at the bare minimum) because they could only afford to pay SO many teachers, which meant less one-on-one attention between the teacher and the students, which ultimately meant worse grades. We also had an EXTREMELY limited course schedule - elective courses were cancelled (such as Psychology, Graphics, Ceramics, & so on), which left us with only 3 or 4 choices for elective classes. We usually had to bring our own art supplies for drawing class because of the lack of funding. We had to shut down our Newspaper club because of lack of funding. Overall, it's not a very good situation. I don't necessarily know if I missed out education-wise, as I graduated with a 3.2 (mediocre) GPA (on a 4.0 scale), and graduated with honors in the IB (international baccalaureate program - sort of like AP, if you're not familiar). A lot of the friends I met at these schools were down to earth, and have stuck with me through it all - and I'm not sure I would acquire the same friends if I went to a private school. Also? While not having money definitely sucked, I enjoyed the fact that my school had no religious affiliations, like a lot of private schools have. I felt free to think the way I wanted to - and wasn't pressured by anyone to submit to certain religious practices.
@bing28 (3797)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
My children were enrolled in public shools during their elementary education while went to private schools during their high school and college days. They all graduated valedictorian and salitaturian at the elementary. Yes there's a big differrence when it comes to facilities and invironment. The teachings in public there are areas that somehow behind compared to private, but the children were taught to be hardworking and studious, good as a foundation. When it comes to teachers, there are hardworking and good teachers as well who do their best for their students to learn, same with private. I think however that when the child is talented whether she'll be enrolled in public or private school, still she prevails. What differs is that those who can afford enjoys the comfort of studying and getting a good impression of a presentable and a well talented student. At the public school however,more considerations are being given to the students of not wearing the prescribe uniforms and shoes sometimes, thus being looked down by others.
@jesbellaine (4140)
• Philippines
4 Feb 09
Hello There! Same as you actually, I am a product of Private school ever since I started schooling. However, 3 of my siblings have to study in public school in their later year because of financial difficulties we had encountered when my father got lay off. It is really true that most of the public schools in the Philippines are not as strict and good enough than the private but I am happy to say that my siblings were in “star section” or “first section” when they went to study in public school. The lessons are ahead and it is really like a private teaching. The teachers are very strict and really smart ones… they give projects and assignments that were not easy to be solved. I should say that it depends on what section you are in when you study in public schools but I still believe that it is still up to the kids or person on how they will utilize their studies even if they are studying in public schools. I still believe that the person must be responsible enough with their studies to make a better future. Goodluck and thanks for the discussion! Happy Mylotting! Cheers!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
4 Feb 09
The public school system forces you to mix with people from different social, economic and political groups. you also have to struggle with a wide variety of educational levels and career goals. Private schools do have some more control over students. I would favor a voucher system where it is the parents responsibility to see that their children are educated and into the school system.