First, What Are We Trying to Achieve? Edit
Before we take sides, I'd like to know what the objectives of public/private education actually are for less than college or trade-school education. For instance, are we talking about "no child left behind?" (minimum achievement), or are we talking about "opening up higher education opportunities for gifted but economically challenged students", or "what our industy needs from students just entering the work force", or "we need self-sufficient citizens that constructively add to our culture", etc.? However strange it may seem, I have found that the U.S. Dept. of Education does not have a top-level set of goals, only prescriptive sub-objectives in order to meet governing laws that keep the process in bounds. It seems to me that arguing public vs. private education is secondary to understanding what the desired end state is. - Bmackenty 04:03, 12 July 2006
For Private Education Edit
- See also Charter Schools
There are many aspects and goals of education, particularly for elementary and middle school children. It is clear that having an educated populace benefits the economy and the nation as a whole, yet this is not sufficient justification for the abrogation of parental control over the socialization of their children.
Over the past 50 years, formalized education has moved towards a training paradigm. The primary goal of most educational institutions is to either prepare the student for the next level of study, or to prepare the student for the job market. During this period,the public has paid very little attention to the the socialization aspects of education. Children spend a considerable portion of their formative years in formalized schooling. This contact time has a significant impact on their social and moral development. Given the employment patterns of many Americans, it can be argued that the school as an institution has the greatest impact on the development of a child, based on contact time.
Cumpulsory education, or cumpulsory taxes to fund public schooling, is a state funded monopoly. In practice, this severely limits the parents' ability to identify an educational system that compliments their social structure, including thorough introductiion to their customs and mores. Families with moderate or low income are most affected by this.
We need to develop choices for parents, so that they may make the the decisions they feel are best for their children. - Sapperbob 09:34, 1 August 2006
Against Private Education Edit
Despite the failure of the Public School System, privatizing the school system is not the panacea many hope it is. Arizona’s charter school system has created a plethora of private organizations creating schools for the sole purpose of the easy federal dollars they bring in. The teachers are still underpaid, the administration is made up almost entirely of board members with exorbitant salaries, the children are still not getting the education they need, and involved parents are seen as an annoyance. - Bmackenty 04:03, 12 July 2006