Monday, March 29, 2010
When public education comes to mind, I think of a free government run school system that attempts to serve its students to the best of their ability. I have attended both private and public schools and find very few differences in terms of education. There are a couple differences though in terms of wearing uniforms, stricter discipline methods and privately hired teachers. The value of education in my opinion however is the same if someone were to take honors and AP classes at a public school. In my opinion, the only major difference in public and private education is the on level classes which are harder at private schools. In a public school, taxes pay for the faculty, books and athletic facilities for that school. In a private school, tuitions and private donations from usually upper class families pay for the entire faculty, books and athletic facilities. Private schools might guarantee a better education because I believe the environment is slightly more professional with the uniforms and stricter discipline. It lets the students know that they are at the school for one sole purpose: to get an education. I believe that if uniforms were worn at public schools, grade point averages would rise at a significant notice. Sometimes when students wear there own clothing, they think that they are at a normal place and do not take education as seriously as some private school students do because when a student sees a uniform on another student they know that they are at school for one reason; to get an education. Regardless, I think the public education system is working because schools around the area where I live are some of the best schools in the public education system in Georgia. The schools in Johns Creek: Chattahoochee, Northview and Johns Creek all are some of the top schools in the state. Chattahoochee in the year of 1999 was voted a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. That is a very impressive award that very few public schools are recognized for. I am not worried about the public education in North Fulton because many people that attend schools in this area turn out to attend successful colleges therefore turning into successful businessmen and women one day. It is the schools down in South Georgia that need to be reformed in terms of quality of education. Getting an education at a public school in South Georgia near the Florida border is not the same as getting an education in North Fulton County. I believe based on statistics that I see in the newspaper that I am receiving top education in the state of Georgia in terms of public education. I believe that in terms of the quality of education that schools in North Fulton County need to keep running things how they are now, and the schools that are seeing less impressive results on standardized tests and in GPAs need to reform some education policies. There really is not a difference in public and private education; it is just a matter of how hard a student wants to work and what level of classes that student wants to take.