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Jessica Hendrickson Dr Mitchell Advanced Expository Writing 321 March 30 1999 Public vs Private Schools Although many critics of public schools may claim that they have lost their usefulness and that private schools do a better job of educating students public schools still remain the backbone of American democracy and influence a vast majority of children Public schools provide skills necessary for economic and social success They offer a way for diverse groups to learn to survive and thrive together The students who enter public schools can have a productive future The public school system was credited primarily to Horace Mann and others in the 1830s Public education was viewed as the fundamental way to prepare children from diverse ethnic religions and class backgrounds to live as responsible citizens in a democracy For public schools to warrant continued support one must look at how they were set up and if they continue to be useful and effective Many Americans believe that private schools provide students with a superior education when compared to public schools According to the WEAC Research Organization private school superiority is weak 2 According to WEAC Research Organization research conducted in 1980 1982 and 1984 did provide information that showed private schools are superior in promoting student achievement 2 The WEAC Research Organization also showed that later studies did not collaborate these early studies 2 According to the Center on National Education Policy in the article Do We Still Need Public Schools our fore fathers set up publicly financed schools for the reasons that included 1 Preparing people to become responsible citizens Americans could not survive without an informed citizenry that understands its freedoms and right 1 2 Improving social conditions Education was thought to be the best weapon a free country had against violence crime disorder and social problems 1 3 Promoting cultural unity Early America was a conglomeration of immigrants from assorted countries Public school
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