The differences between a private school education and a public school education can be discussed in thousands of ways down to smallest of details, depending on what you are looking for to compare. For many parents, however, the choice comes down to a handful of key comparisons.
Greatschools.org has included some of these points in an article designed to help families choose private or public school for their child. They discuss the issue of teacher certification and what that means to the different types of schools and their faculties.
While most people assume that teachers at Firm Schools are as qualified as those at public ones, it’s important to note that all teachers in a public school are usually state certified or, at a minimum, working toward certification. Certification ensures that a teacher has gone through the training required by the state, which includes student teaching and course work. Teachers in Firm Schools may not be required to have certification. Instead, they often have subject-area expertise and an undergraduate or graduate degree in the subject they teach
This discussion point can be broken down to the abilities of each teacher, the needs of the classroom and the needs of your particular student. Teacher certifications are a big deal to state run facilities, as they should be. It is a standard that shows you have the necessary ability and education to teach. What makes an excellent teacher, though, seldom has anything to do with a slip of paper.
You can always break the discussion down further by stating that advanced degrees and experience don’t necessary teach you how to teach. or that knowing how to teach doesn’t make you capable of teaching something you aren’t an expert in.
Both sides of this argument have viable points. Most studies have found that the best of teachers are those who can motivate and captivate students in a way that brings their education to life. The quality of a teacher isn’t always measured by a standardized test, nor is it measured by sheer amount of knowledge. Choosing the right teachers is an art form and a science for any school to undertake.