Well I've been at it again, I've done some research on the differences between public and private education. Partly in response to a friend and partly because I'd been meaning to do it anyway. I know your time is valuable so I'm going to summarize it at the end, this way my ADD friends can read it too.
According to Parent Teacher.com, there are some advantages to public school, such as better teacher qualifications, more time spent on core subjects, better funding for off sites and projects and diverse populations. But this is where they end.
According to the most recent statistics, public education cost an average of $8,019 per student per year, while nationally private education cost $4,698, or 42% less.
According to research by the National Center for Education Statistics private schooled kids did better than their public schooled counterparts in every subject, from grades 4-12.
When compared to the rest of the developed world, America as whole ranks 24th out of 29 surveyed countries when it came to reading and science literacy as well as mathematical abilities of its high school students.
Not surprisingly, a new report finds that the rate of violent crime against students is almost twice as high in public schools as in private schools.
Public education cost more, has poorer results and is less safe.
It's been shown that in a free market setting, teachers and staff do a better job when they are directly responsible to the parents. I'm calling for a slow but timed withdrawal from public education. An end to the institution that does little to prepare kids for life in the real world. It is nothing more than an inefficient, bloated bureaucracy subject to social experiments, special interest groups and government red tape. There is an alternative and it's privatized education. And heck, with all the money saved we could afford to put more money into building bombers. I mean really, do you want the government educating your kids?
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