The new government in Norway has always had an eternal wish to strengthen the position of private schools in the Norwegian society. Independent schools are already common in England, and they achieve better results in general compared to the state schools in the country. Yet, many British parents still prefer the state schools, and numerous people in Norway are sceptical of private schools as well. Why are many people negative to these self-governed schools? In this article I’m going to look at the advantages and disadvantages of private schools. This is to be done by taking a look at the differences between private schools and public schools, why parents prefer state schools, bullying in the different schools, and how well the different students perform later on in society.
Public and private schools have both been exercised for a very long time. Nevertheless, it was the church that founded private schools in genesis, and anyone who attended these schools at the time were seen as fortunate and wealthy. Today, all children between the age of 5 and 16 in England are entitled to free education in a state school (i.e. educational centres that are run by the government, funded by the national taxes, and entitled to educate students according to the national curriculum). (Gov.uk, 2013) Moreover, independent schools or private schools are also common. These schools are funded through admission fees, tuition fees etcetera, and are free to teach the children what they want, how they want. Lastly mentioned are also known to expect higher qualifications when it comes to their teachers and staff, not to mention the students themselves. The selection of students through entrance exams results in fewer student, smaller classes and better supervision of each student. Thus independent schools are very expensive, yet students attending these schools get better results than public schools in general.
But how come that 50% of British parents would not send their kids to private school - even if they did not have to pay fees? According to an article issued in August 2013 on independent.co.uk fees are not the main issue with private schools. Parents prefer the state schools firstly because they were happy to go to a state school themselves, and secondly because they believe it is the government’s duty to accommodate education for their children. 60% of whom would still let their children go to state schools said it was because they want their children get to know other children from “all walks of life”, making their children aware of the world around us. On the other hand, 17% of those who would have let their children attend private schools if the fees were abolished, would do so because they believe there is a less chance of being bullied. (Garner, 2013). Nevertheless, state schools are entitled by law to have behaviour policy, while independent schools are not. (Gov.uk, 2013)
How do these statements add up? In public schools, it is the affluent kids...