Misconception between private and public schools?

Anna - posted on 12/07/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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That's just one misconception people have about teaching in a private school. Myths ... Salaries. Myth: Private school teachers make less than their colleagues in ... A lot depends on the kind of the school we are talking about. For example, a third grade teacher in a parochial school will make about 10-15% less than her counterpart in a public school. Why? Parochial school budgets are traditionally the slimmest in the business because their tuitions are among the lowest in the business. Typically, private school teachers are paid somewhat less that public school ... above the higher level - but mostly, somewhat under their public school colleagues. ... public school teachers make 50 percent more than private school teachers." while there are many differences between public and private schools, the primary difference is the approach to discipline. In a private school the rules of the school are clearly laid out when you sign the contract to attend a private school. By signing the contract you agree to abide by the terms of the contract which include consequences for infraction of the discipline code. In a public school you have rights - constitutional rights which must be respected. The disciplinary process takes time and frequently is a cumbersome, complicated process. Students quickly learn how to play the system and can tie teachers up in knots for weeks over disciplinary matters. Discipline Promotes an Atmosphere for Learning When you are not fighting for control of a class, you can teach. Because parents send their children to private school to learn, the focus is on learning. Of course, there will still be the usual teenage experimenting with authority and the limits. But, as a rule, that kind of testing is fairly harmless. Why? Because everybody knows the rules. The code of conduct spells out serious consequences for disrespecting a teacher or a classmate. The code of conduct is enforced. Bullying is unacceptable behavior. Disruptive behavior is unacceptable. Fighting is unacceptable. Discipline promotes an atmosphere for learning. Discipline is a critical part of the three way partnership private school education is all about. When you sign the contract with the school, you commit to a three way partnership. While the school takes care of the academics and provides a host of other services while your child is in its care, you are still required to be involved. The school will not allow you to be a silent partner. It will insist on your involvement. When you have no distractions in the classroom, you can teach...

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Rebekah - posted on 12/08/2011

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I personally think it is sad how teachers get low pay whether public or private or charter or daycare or whatever a school is called, including Sunday School teachers. Teaching is gift! It's a HIGHLY favored gift! And I'm so thankful that God has promised a REWARD for those that teach kids!!!

I've chosen to homeschool my son. I'm not against public school or private school. This is the best option for our family as we endeavor on our path to full time missions. :)

Carla - posted on 12/08/2011

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4 of my grandchildren are in private schools--two in openly Christian school, the other is a charter school, but funded by a Christian organization. Having been at both schools numerous times, I can see a distinct, and positive, difference between them and public schools. First of all, they LOOK great! They wear khaki, blue, white, red, so it is not uniforms, per se, but yet they are. The boys wear slacks. No pants in danger of slipping off the body, no offensive t-shirts or sweatshirts. In the halls, there is the normal amount of chatter, but no pushing, fighting, screaming, etc. They file out of school at the end of the day in an orderly fashion. Their rooms are quiet and in control, and THIS, I feel, makes an atmosphere for teaching. Maybe the teachers ARE paid less, but if I have my choice of being paid more, or being afraid at my place of employment, I will take less pay! Also, there is no such thing as tenure. Each teacher is reviewed each year for performance, and if they are not keeping up with the standards expected, they are out! This, to me, is #1 to teaching. It's going to keep the teachers on their toes and actually DO what they are paid for. Now before I get nasty-grams from teachers out there, understand that I have been through the entire public school system with my 3 kids, as well as my experiences, and now going through it again with the grandchildren. I have seen good teachers, and I have seen those who should have been jailed for their tactics instead of being shielded by the system.

I am very happy my kids made the tough choices and put our babies in these schools.

God bless!

Angela - posted on 12/07/2011

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Firstly, I'm not sure of the "point" of your post?


In the UK, a “private” school and a “public” school are pretty much one and the same thing! Basically they’re both titles given to describe a fee-paying school. In an attempt to pinpoint any difference between the two I think it would be accurate to say a “Public” school is a private school that is famous and publically known (very well known – like Eton, Rugby, Winchester, Marlborough or Harrow). Other schools which are state-funded (public sector funded) are known as State schools. Then we have “Church” or “Faith” schools. Most “Church” schools are aided schools. Their running costs comes from an income derived partly from public sector funds and the rest from that particular church denomination or faith. So it’s free to go to that school.

Other “Church schools” are Public/Private schools and prospective pupils would have to pay the fees to go there (or rather their parents would).

OK, having cleared that up (from a British point of view), there are some differences between fee-paying schools and State schools and also between secular schools and faith schools.

Church schools may divert to some extent from the recommended National curriculum on matters affected by religious beliefs. Parents of children in State schools which have collective worship or religious instruction lessons may remove their children from these is they wish.

When there was legislation to end physical (corporal) punishment of UK school children a few years ago, this was only mandatory in State schools, fee-paying schools were exempt from this. Of course some fee-paying schools never practiced corporal punishment anyway, even when it was legal in State schools.

Teacher’s salaries are also diverse. Some teachers in smaller private schools may well be paid less than those in the public sector. Teachers in the top Public schools will invariably be paid MORE than those who teach in State schools. It is not unusual for a fee-paying school to be less expensively equipped than a State school.

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