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The Worth of Both Private & Public Schools

May 6th, 2013

Very often, a good many private schools bring a multitude of benefits to their students. Nonetheless, public schools frequently present their pupils with intellectual, deep-rooted and multilevel learning systems.

Frequently, private schools are able to share several advantages with their young learners, including the availability of scholarly teachers who can serve their students youthful minds with smaller classes and thus be able to instill in these intellectually alert kids wider attention and stronger insights. In short, these academicians usually are eager to help equip their pupils with knowledge about history, culture, religions, music, art, and sports activities. Private schools are better equipped with more expensive facilities and more often have more access to funding by parent fees and gifts to the schools. Further, schools, colleges, libraries, and universities sometimes may come up with endowments, grants, and scholarships that may help the faculty and their students mature into more knowledgeable and insightful human beings.

Private schools, too, can sometimes afford to host open houses and enable more affluent students to be entertained in a formal, traditional way. In that private schools may seem more dignified and ornate, especially in less recent parts of the country like New England or San Francisco, students and even parents may feel more receptive to the aestheticism of the setting. Kids occasionally tell me that the institutions portraits of its founders are set in polished frames and that the buildings' configuration seems to hint at the architectural beauty.

Additionally, the structure of a private school can also be up-to-date. Even the furniture's fabrics may seem modern, such as rustic colors in the fall and pastels in springtime. Most likely, the "hip" students tend to absorb novel and innovative attitudes because of the attitudes within the themes of the decor and by the new, chic shapes of bubble-like lighting fixtures.

Nevertheless, a good many public schools have educated a copious number of youths without sacrificing the individual for the sake of the multitude. Clearly, private schools and their faculties mentor their students and expend much time in assisting them in charactering the colleges best suited to the schools they investigate. Yet both the private and the public schools can be very efficient in helping competent young scholars discover the colleges that seem most enlightening for them.

Yes, private schoolers often work very diligently to try to discover what they believe is "the college of their choice." In fact, if these colleges "of choice" appear prestigious, the schools' counselors work assiduously to arrange tours for these universities and colleges and attempt to whet their students' appetites, even when they are juniors.

Bear in mind, though, that parents of both private and public school children generally want adults to assist them in exploring the finest, the key ideas of literature, history, art and museums, film, music, architecture political thought, philosophy, and religion. Both private and public, our schools attempt to enlighten us with the best thinking and spoken words that can educate and cultivate the world's young people.

ELISSA SOMMERFIELD is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with an MA in English from SMU. She taught English at SMU and in the Dallas County Community College District. For under 30 years, she has conducted classes in SAT and ACT preparation as well as in graduate school exam instruction and study skills. Additionally, she has tutored extensively in most academic areas, the ISEE, the composition of school entrance essays, and editing books. She has served as an SAT and educational consultant for 29 Texas school districts and has authored four books on SATs plus, with Frances Bailey Wood, co-authored and revised one on how to study efficiently. An educational consultant, as well as graduate school, college, and boarding school counselor, she is a member of Independent Educational Consultants Association and Texas Association for College Admissions Counselors. Sommerfield actively maintains her Certified Educational Planner designation and at UT was a Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year.

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