Should you or shouldn’t you pay for your child’s education? Many believe that Catholic schools offer an overall better education for their children by comparison of public schools. Having attended both, I believe that my children can recieve the same quality of education in our public school systems.
Catholic schools, while offering a theological addition to a child’s education have the following costs to examine. In addition to a tuition which public schools do not require as they state funded, one must also take into account the other monetray expenses raised by private schooling. These include uniforms, sports fees, and occasionally transportation costs. While these may seem nominal with the supposed theory that children recieve better education in such enviroments, there are other factors to consider. Smaller class sizes, although they allow a more intimate teacher/student involvment tends to also warrant a feeling of seclusion. While it is not necessarily noticed in youth, teenagers having attended Catholic or private schools tend to be less extroverted to people that may not fit into the “cogs” of accepted society. Open mindedness, though often refered to in the Bible is not necessarily nurtured and some find certain differences inadaquate. For instance, the Catholic church’s beliefs regarding homosexuality would be more prevelant in a young child’s mind and would cause that child to mentally assume that that is correct being as how that is what they learned in school. Brainwashing on that level- children are very suceptible and tend to believe adults as they have yet to form their own opinions.
To clarify, I am simply trying to state that such enviroments do not always practice what they preach. From personal experience I can attest to this as fact. I was taught that certain lifestyles were unacceptable in the eyes of the church, and henceforth wrong PERIOD. Luckily enough, I am a stubburn woman and have found my own views..most of them not in accordance with how I was raised. I believe that people are people and should be treated as such. ” Do onto others as you would have done to you”. That is what the church SHOULD teach- not propoganda which suits their political agenda.
Public schools, while having a larger class size opens children to more of a “real life” enviroment. Different lifestyles, upbringings, and situations grow character and allow children a better chance of survival in today’s society…street smarts if you will. In my dealings with mostly teenagers on a day to day basis, most simply lack this quality. Yes, I refered to this as a quality. Many children nowadays lack that overall rounding that comes from not having it. I am not encourgaing teenagers acting like “thugs”, I just feel too many have been sheltered to the point of naivity. Naivity which in this day and age can result in tragedy.
If the public school system fails, that is a reflection on our parenting as well. Too many parents expect that their child’s education is the job of only the school systems, and neglect to nurture their development in the home. Sure, most of us have dual income homes. Many are forced to exist as such. This doesn’t mean that we cannot find twenty minutes to help our children with their homework, and discuss their day. As parents, that is our part. The weight of rearing children is OUR job…not that of the school systems.
Catholic and public schools each have their own benefits, but I feel that with the inclusion of parental involvement a child can thrive in either. Children, if attending Catholic school should be taught theology- not hypocrisy.