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“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”
Peter Handke

Myths of Government Schooling

Myth #1: The United States was founded on a philosophy or principle of "public" education; thus, the public school system is the Holy Cornerstone of Democracy.

Myth #2: Government schools are truly "public" schools.

Myth #3: "Private" schools are more expensive than "public" schools, and it follows, therefore, that only the rich can afford them; that's why we need "public" schooling.

Myth #4: We are a more literate nation today than we were prior to compulsory government schooling.

Myth #5: Before the government take-over of education, there weren't enough schools, and many parents neglected their children's education.

Myth #6: The "public" schools would improve if only they had enough money to do the job right.

Myth #7: Your kid will fail basic skills at private schools.

Myth 7: Your kid will fail basic skills at private schools.

When it comes to basic skills, such as literacy and numeracy, parents become REALLY selective: they understand how important these skills are for their kids' education and life in general, therefore their attitude toward private schools becomes quite prejudged; they prefer entrusting their child to good, old and proven system of public education.

Very often the expression "private schools" is perceived as a synonym to "very expensive". The prejudice is, private schools take much money but they do not give anything new or exclusive that a public school is unable to give.

Yes, parents always look for the best ways to supplement their kids' education, but the fact is that private schools can become their best helpers. For example, when it comes to literacy and writing, this basic skill is personal and complex: public schools, which operate as the same system for every kid regardless of their individual qualities and personal needs will hardly be able to help a child develop academic writing the best they can. Here's another trend in public education: type the following search string in Google "write my essay online" and see what happens.

Applying individual approach to each student, a private school is able to provide qualitative literacy training and offer a helping hand to all kids who come to them. As a rule, private schools work with experienced and friendly coaches who understand the importance of basic skills development for every young student, and they learn and apply the latest and diverse educational techniques to make a process of study interesting and effective for every child, depending on their individual characteristics.

Private schools give kids more than general exercises to develop and evaluate their literacy: they provide structured course curriculum, but also coach every student through the process of study, providing feedback and guiding kids expertly toward improved literacy skills.

The goal of private schools is not a simple evaluation of your kid's skills, but making the process of getting these skills interesting and positive, so students could reach their full potential.

The same approach comes when we talk numeracy. The point is, every small kid is a natural mathematician and scientist, according to the NSF ("Helping Children Learn at Home" research from 1997); so, private schools do not provide simple numbers and equations learning but try to encourage and help pupils explore the world and build the interest in science and math.

Every parent will probably agree, that this approach would be interesting and more effective to a kid who's trying to get basic skills for further learning than a simple memorization of numbers and letters. Private educators are not just teachers but tutors, coaches and friends to every young student they work with. Applying various ideas to develop a kid's interest in math, private schools use games, walkings, drawings, reading, TV watching, puzzles and many other techniques to make a kid interested in study and achieve better educational results in the future..

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