Private vs. Public Schools: How the Curriculum’s Differ

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When it comes to your child’s education, you obviously want the absolute best for them. The question is, what is best for them? Considering the financial commitment required by private schools, it is understandable that you would want some confirmation that they provide far more value than public schools. Taking a close look at how their curriculums differ from public school curriculums can help you to determine whether private school is the best choice for your child.

The Power of a Strong Curriculum

There is no doubt that a strong academic curriculum that covers important basics like reading, writing, and spelling is absolutely critical to laying the firm foundation necessary to a child’s successful future. Public school curriculums are governed by strict state educational guidelines, and while these guidelines are designed to help ensure that students get the basic education they need in order to do well in life, they can also be limiting. They may, for example, fail to provide more enriching curriculum, even though a strong, life skills science curriculum can greatly influence an individual’s success in life. Private school curriculums are not governed by strict state educational guidelines, which means that they have more room to address a wider range of subjects, to their students’ great benefit. More specifically, here are some key differences between public and private school curriculums:

Public school curriculums are limited due to state guidelines and budget. In order to adhere to state guidelines, many public school curriculums dictate that students must participate in certain classes, like math, English, and science. Their art and music programs tend to be terribly underfunded, and therefore limited, and in many cases, other valuable classes are extremely limited or even entirely non-existent in public schools. Private schools are not limited by state guidelines or budget, and so are able to provide a much broader curriculum so that students can participate in classes they are very interested in.

Public school curriculums tend to focus on achieving a good group average through the address of certain subjects and neglect of others. The success of public schools is based on average grades, test scores, and graduation rates. This means that teachers are encouraged to focus on certain subjects in order to drive averages up, and neglect other subjects (like art and music). Private school curriculums, on the other hand, tend to focus on each individual student and what subjects they need in order to succeed.

Public school curriculums demand unwavering teaching styles. Many public schools insist that their teachers stick to a specific style of teaching that caters to state educational guidelines and higher averages. This often means lecture-style teaching where a large amount of information is delivered in a short period of time. Private school curriculums, however, allow for the use of newer styles of teaching that may be more successful in helping students learn–such as more conversational or interactive, seminar-style teaching.

Public school curriculums move everyone forward at the same pace. Due to budgetary and other restraints, public schools move all students forward at the same pace, regardless of individual ability. This means that a student who is struggling at math will be moved forward at the same rate as a student who has no difficulty with math and even a student who excels at math. Private schools, however, tend to move individual students forward at the pace that is most appropriate to them. A student who is struggling in one subject can therefore, get the extra help he needs in order to master that subject, without “holding back” other students in his class who are skilled in that same subject.

Additionally, many private schools have aspects of their curriculum that help to improve basic life skills that are critical to the student’s ability to operate well in life. This helps students to have a much broader education than simply an academic-based education.

For more information about the benefits of a private school curriculum and specifically a life skills education curriculum and a functional skills curriculum, contact Delphi Florida today.