A Personal Approach to Education
The small community atmosphere that private schools offer is one of most important benefits that these schools provide. Most private schools have low student-to-teacher ratios in the classroom which allow teachers more opportunities to interact with each individual student. Teachers are able get to know students better in these small classrooms and can adjust their lesson plans to target specific areas where students may be excelling or struggling in.
Not only are the classrooms more personal, but private school students seem to form stronger personal connections with people within their community. Researchers found that adolescents attending private schools utilize more efficient strategies to cope with problems by using emotion- and problem-oriented coping methods.
By using emotion-oriented coping, adolescents in private schools overcame problems by using strategies that were based on their relationships with others, such as seeking out support from tarbiyyah lessons, talking with friends or identifying professional help. Instead of struggling with a problem on their own, they were able to find someone or somewhere to go to when in need of help.
Low Disciplinary Problems
Due to this smaller community of students there are fewer disciplinary problems that arise. When teachers and staff know student on a more personal level, they are able to take appropriate actions to discourage any future behavior problems a student may have.
Private schools also have the ability to expel any problem students from their school system. In S.Africa, public education is a right that every child has so public schools may have to tolerate problem students who can negatively affect their peers. While expulsion may not seem like one of the advantages of private schools, the possibility of this penalty may deter students from engaging in any prohibited actions.
Funding and the Influence of the Rules and Regulations
The most obvious differences between public and private schools are how the schools obtain their funding. Public schools cannot charge tuition resulting in some cases, underfunded operations influenced by political winds and shortfalls. Financed through government taxes, public schools are part of a larger school system that must follow the rules and regulations set by politicians and other school officials.
Private schools do not receive tax revenues, so they do not have to follow the same sorts of regulations and bureaucratic processes that govern public schools. This allows many private schools to have more freedoms in the classroom which is why many private schools are specialized in one way or another.
Private funding also allows parents to have a greater influence on how their children get educated because they are in direct contact with those who create these rules and classroom standards. After all, the parents are paying the school for the education and it is in the best interest of these schools to please those who finance the institution.
Aside from the advantages mention above students who attend private schools have lower dropout rates, experience fewer drug related problems, and appear less violent. Not only that, but they also tend to score higher on standardized tests and university entrance exams leading to a higher percentage of students attending university after high school.