Figuring out where you want your child to go to school is not an easy decision. There are many different types of schools that are available to students, and each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Traditional schools, more commonly known as public schools, are usually the first option that parents explore when considering school choices. While they vary from school to school, there are advantages that all traditional schools have in common.
Since traditional schools are regulated and monitored closely by the state, you can be sure that the teachers are properly qualified to teach their respective grade levels or subject areas. Teachers at traditional schools most often hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in addition to being state-certified. On the contrary, charter and private school teachers are sometimes given more leeway in their certification requirements. While teachers at these schools may be college graduates and hold subject-area expertise, they are not guaranteed to be state-certified to teach a certain grade level or subject.
Being part of the public school system ensures the maximum state and federal funding in traditional schools. Having access to more funds allows traditional schools to have high-quality resources such as updated textbooks and access to technology like computers and Smartboards. Adequate funding also provides traditional schools with the option to offer students a more well-rounded educational experience that includes art and music studies, academic clubs and sports teams.
While some studies claim that students who attend private or charter schools show higher levels of achievement than their counterparts in traditional schools, it has been proven that students who attend traditional schools actually outperform students who attend alternative schools, especially in grades 4 through 8. After adjusting for student characteristics such as background and poverty level, a National Center for Educational Statistics study found that traditional school students do better in reading and math. Additionally, low-performing or at-risk students have shown increased achievement when attending traditional schools as opposed to charter or private schools.
Traditional schools are required to offer educational services to all students who seek them. As a result, traditional schools usually have a diverse population of students coming from a vast number of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. At a traditional school, students are presented with the task of learning how to interact, get along with and solve problems with peers who are different from themselves. The same opportunities may not be available to students who are homeschooled or who attend private schools. Attending a traditional school prepares students for life in a diverse society.
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