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Nelson JL Carlson K Palonsky SB 1993 Private schools Essential orundemocratic In Critical issues in education pp 63-78 New York McGraw-HillIncThe first position of chapter three is supportive of private schools This positionfeels that private schools prevent the public schools from having a total monopoly overeducation by offering the community an alternative choice This choice also producescompetition with public schools for student enrollment This position views public schoolsas something a student must accept as the only option if his or her parents can not afford aprivate school education This is an obvious short coming to private schools since theydo not operate on the taxpayers funds However some private schools do providescholarships to poorer families However one distinct advantage of private schools istheir abilities to satisfy their students special needs A military academy for exampleprovides the strict discipline that some students need Basically a private school worksfor the students desires while a public school demands that its students work for theirdesignated needs The intellectual climate at a private school is more academicallyoriented than public schools Private education provides students with a broadereducation that accepts diversity Public education however does not have as muchdiversity due to strict public control that tries to avoid offending others Private schoolsare considered to be more experimental because they try and accept new ideas faster TheAmerican public generally seems to support private education according to this positionThe second position of chapter three favors public schools This position feels thatprivate schools are an unnecessary burden and expense to the public Private schools havethe tendency to tarnish the image and reputations of good public schools Magnet ortheme-oriented schools are public schools that provide various specific programs ofstudy for their students to choose from An example of a magnet school is the danceschool on the television program Fame Despite some criticism public schools are still astrong force in America This is in part because public schools bring together differentraces into one school building Private
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