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How does teaching at public and private schools compare?

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Question: How does teaching at public and private schools compare?
Private schools are known to hire non-certified teachers. Although skipping certification and teaching in private school may seem an attractive choice to some, the pay scale is lower. However, teaching at a private school allows you to gain experience before making any long term career decisions. Additionally, you have the ability to work while earning a teaching certification. Once certified, you may choose to work at a public school, which will provide you with a higher salary.
Answer: Advantages of Public School (note that there is lots of variability; not all schools fit these characteristics)
  • higher salaries
  • more emphasis on core subjects
  • diverse student populations
Disadvantages of Public Schools (note that there is lots of variability; not all schools fit these characteristics)
  • certification is required
  • higher incidents of violence
  • government bureaucracy (less control over school)
  • larger classes
  • lack of facilities for teachers
  • outdated books and equipment
  • little control over their lesson plans
  • complaints are not addressed quickly
Advantages of Private School (note that there is lots of variability; not all schools fit these characteristics)
  • certification is not required
  • lower incidents of violence
  • no governmental bureaucracy (more control over school)
  • smaller classes
  • more facilities for teachers
  • newer books and equipment
  • more control over lesson plans
  • complaints are quickly addressed
Disadvantages of Private School (note that there is lots of variability; not all schools fit these characteristics)
  • lower salaries
  • Less emphasis on core subjects
  • Lack of a diverse student population

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