While a public school education is the right of every American child, many parents opt to send their children to private schools instead. Not every family has the same reasons for doing so, but here are three common motives.
Parents Want Their Children To Receive Religious Instruction As Well
Many private schools are operated by churches. While parochial schools are especially common for the Catholic denomination, other Christian denominations such as Lutherans and Baptists also have their own private schools. In larger metropolitan areas or areas with high ethnic communities, other faiths, such a Jewish and Islam, also have private elementary and secondary schools. In families whose faith plays a large role, a solid religious education is as important, if not more so, as the reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Parents Want Their Children To Receive Discipline
With the world rapidly changing, some tenets of an education that were once considered universally important are now being challenged in America's public arena. One of these areas is discipline. While public schools basically have their hands tied to administer any kind of consequences for unruly children, private schools still place a premium on children adhering to a code of conduct and being subject to established disciplinary action should they fail to meet those standards. This higher behavioral expectation naturally provides an environment better suited for learning whereas many public schools are disruptive and hinder rather than foster learning.
Parents Don't Want Their Children's Learning To Be Inhibited By Common Core Standards
The standards in place at most public schools is quite specific in what the learning goals of each grade are. While this may sound like a benefit, it can be counterproductive if your child is advanced. For example, if his reading skills are much higher than his grade level, forcing him to read at that grade level would not serve him well. Private schools do not have to follow any set curriculum. Teachers have more freedom to decide where both each specific student is at as well as the classroom as a whole and decide accordingly what is in each child's best interest. Additionally, anyone who is on social media has seen some of the seemingly illogical common core mathematics worksheets going around.
Private schools are not bound to these standards, thus they can raise the bar and expect more academically from their pupils. Some parents want to send their children to private school, but worry about the expenses and if their family will be able to afford it. Visit the private schools of your choice and discuss it with the administers, many offer reduced tuition or scholarships.
True learning involves lots of different elements, and they run the gamut from memorizing times tables to engaging critically with complicated philosophical ideas. As a parent, you probably want the best education for your child, bu how do you identify that? Do some approaches work better for some kids than others? What about learning disabilities? How can you help your child with homework you don't understand? In this blog, I am going to explore questions like that, and ultimately, I hope these posts help you find the best education for your child. Best wishes and happy learning. My name is Molly, and I'm so excited to be along for part of this journey with you.