posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 03:32 AM
Statistics show that public schools are failing miserably in a lot of areas. Everybody seems to think that charter schools or private schools are the
answer because they tend to do better.
Of course they do better.
Private schools, for example, are easily spotted as to why they do better. Going to their school is a privilege, not a right. Which means that a
private school doesn't have to put up with nearly as many delinquents, kids with learning disabilities, lazy kids, or decent, normal kids but maybe
book-smarts isn't exactly their thing. A public school does.
As for charter schools, they would tend to have a specific focus, usually on either the arts or math. This means that the kids getting in are going to
be gifted in one of these two areas, meaning that they were probably going to be amongst the more successful students, anyway.
Basically, either one, because of their very natures, have a much greater proportion of the "academically gifted". And, in the private school's
case, if Little Johnny can't make the cut normally, mommy and daddy probably have the money to get him enough tutors that he'll do okay.
Both are also exempted from a lot of the normal requirements, meaning that the teachers can actually teach rather than just teaching to the test.
The bottom line is that they're not necessarily inherently better. They just look better on paper because the odds are stacked in their favor with a
bunch of eggheads, rich kids, and looser restrictions.