Having been educated privately my whole life until 9th grade; I have come to realize that I enjoy the public education system more. I have experienced a greater amount of freedom and acceptance in public schools than I have in private. Though many private skills boast about having small class sizes and intimate classroom settings, many times these small classes can actually hinder a student’s ability to grow and learn. Growing up I attended Perimeter Christian School where I went to school with pretty much the same sixty four students from first through eighth grade. Sixty four—that’s it. Being around the same group of students for that very lengthy amount of time was rewarding in the fact that some of those students are my current best friends but also dissatisfying having never experienced any type of diversity. Almost every student came from the same background: white, upper-class, Christian family. Though it was encouraging being around so many students that shared the same beliefs as me, it did not prepare me very well for the so-called real world where not everyone is like me. I guess some would say I lived a “sheltered” life under the private school system and I would definitely agree with them.
I remember my fist day of public school. I walked into Northview High School on my first day of freshman year freaking out about the “druggies” and hoodlums that supposedly infected all public schools. I was expecting to get mugged on the bus, offered weed at my locker, and find couples “doing-it” in the bathroom. None of which happened, thank god. But, that is what being in private school my whole life did to me. Though not purposefully, it made me believe that public school is the equivalent to hell. But, little to their knowledge, the education and experiences I have had in public school has been just as good if not better than the so-called prestigious private education. Though I have been witness to great amounts of cheating, drugs, etc. in public school, I think that me being witness to these things has prepared me for the reality check that would be waiting for me in college had I stayed in private school.
I don’t really understand why parents wish to spend large amounts of money to send their child to a private school because the education received in public schools is just as good. Many times the opportunities available to students in private schools are limited whereas in the opportunities seem to be endless in public schools because there seems to be something of enjoyment for everyone. Public schools not only offer more diversity educationally they also offer more diverse extra-curriculars. The only extra-curricular activities available to me in private school were sports and though I love being athletic, it is not everyone’s passion. At public schools such as Johns Creek there exists a wide variety of clubs and programs for every type of student. Public schools encourage diversity while most private schools seem to encourage normality and uniformity.