A Partial SWOT Analysis of Public and Private Education - Opportunities and Threats for the Private School System
A SWOT and Comparative Analysis of Private vs Public Education – Part 4 - (Opportunities and Threats of the Private School Systems
OPPORTUNITIES AT PRIVATE SCHOOLS
A. There is far more room per student in a private school. Room to move, room to learn and room to mature. Space has been proven by sociologists to be an important factor in the development of young students.
B. Private schools are becoming more and more affordable to the average parent. Despite costing more than public schools, some private schools are providing excellent services for the money invested in them by parents and each year sees an increase in state funding for private schools to reduce costs for parents.
C. Private schools are fairly exempt from state and federal budget cuts. If you have the money, you go, if you don’t, you don’t go.
D. There are few, if any bilingual services offered at private schools. All the classes are homogenous in the respect that everyone speaks English and speaks it at a decent level of ability. Poor immigrants can seldom afford to send their children to private schools and even if they could, the child would have to speak a high level of English.
E. Private schools are not affected by urban flight. They are usually the last bastion of solid education in a crumbling city, or they are located in the suburbs just outside of the city.
THREATS TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS
A. Politics is never static. Reformers from both parties go in and out of power all the time. One party or the other might favor public school policies over private school policies.
B. The economy can affect the number of students going to a private school. If people are making less money or searching for jobs, they can ill-afford to send their child to a private school.
C. Profitability must remain constant for operators of private schools to stay in business. If owners of private schools cannot turn a reasonable profit, then the school will cease to exist. Sometimes state education offices make it easy for them and other times they make it difficult.
D. One major negative event at a private school is bigger than one major negative event at a public school. A beating or a drug bust in a public school is quite common and will result in damage to the participants, but a beating or a drug bust in a private school is far more devastating. It can even result in the closure of the school or clients removing their children.
E. Some private schools offer nothing more than academics. This can quickly lead to boredom on the part of any student attending such a school. It is recommended that you send your child only to a private school with a well-rounded extra-curricular activity selection.
In closing, I do not recommend either private or public schools. That decision should be left up to the parent and the student. A parent who does not include the child in the decision-making process might regret that decision later on. Sometimes, the parent feels they have no choice but to make the decision themselves. Before making that decision, though, at least discuss it with your child, so they have a bit of empowerment. Otherwise, be prepared for a possible passive/aggressive reaction to your decision.