Do ABC’s and 123’s Look Different at Private Schools?
Why pay for something, when you can get it for free? No one, I would think, would offer the librarian cash for checking out borrowed books. And the librarian may think you a bit ‘off’ if you did. Yet, no one seems to look at a person twice when they say that while their property taxes pay for the public school around the corner, they’d much rather pay extra money to send their child to a private school. There may even be a perfectly decent school in walking or driving distance. But about 9 percent of children have parents in the U.S. who can and will gladly foot the private school bill. What is considered to be one of the most expensive private schools where I live charges a mere $12,195 for kindergarten (that is for a full day). By the time children at this private school reach high school, parents get to write a check for $16,990. Tuition can be paid all at once (for those who got it like that) or monthly (which for some is a house payment – times two). Why pay all of that money for letters and numbers? Do ABC’s and 123’s look different at a private school? Not really. There are no extra letters or numbers that the wealthy know about and the poor, working and middle class are not privy to. In fact findings from a much debated book released late last year argued that public schools outperform private schools. While the jury is still argumentatively out on public vs private outperforming one another, one thing is for certain. For private school parents it is about more than just the ABC’s and 123’s. It’s about parents having their children mix and mingle with other children who come from similar backgrounds - backgrounds that include maids, car services and summers on Martha’s Vineyard. Later in life children with this type of upbringing will move from playdates after school to form partnerships, in marriage and business. Think I’m exaggerating? You might be surprised to know that within the circle of actresses, actors, businessmen and U.S. presidents many have attended some the most elite private schools in the United States. Why then pay for school, when you can get it for free? For the leg up, the advantage I suppose. No side eye here from me because as bourgeoisie or privileged as private school may be, as a parent, I get that.
Do you feel your child would receive a better education at a private school?