Private Education in relation to book: 'Private schools: Essential or undemocratic' by Nelson, J.L., Carlson, K., & Palonsky, S.B.

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Nelson, J.L., Carlson, K., & Palonsky, S.B. (1993). Private schools: Essential or

undemocratic. In Critical issues in education (pp. 63-78). New York: McGraw-Hill,


The first position of chapter three is supportive of private schools. This position

feels that private schools prevent the public schools from having a total monopoly over

education by offering the community an alternative choice. This choice also produces

competition with public schools for student enrollment. This position views public schools

as something a student must accept as the only option if his or her parents can not afford a

private school education. This is an obvious short coming to private schools, since they

do not operate on the taxpayers' funds. However, some private schools do provide

scholarships to poorer families. However, one distinct advantage of private schools is

their abilities to satisfy their students' special needs.

A military academy, for example,

provides the strict discipline that some students need. Basically, a private school works

for the students' desires, while a public school demands that its students work for their

designated needs. The intellectual climate at a private school is more academically

oriented than public schools. Private education provides students with a broader

education that accepts diversity. Public education, however, does not have as much

diversity due to strict public control that tries to avoid offending others. Private schools

are considered to be more experimental because they try and accept new ideas faster. The

American public generally seems to support private education, according to this position.

The second position of chapter three favors public schools. This position feels that

private schools are an unnecessary burden and expense to the public. Private schools have

the tendency to tarnish the image and reputations of good public...