The Education System in the United States is divided into two general categories. The first is public schools, which generally take place in separate buildings or located in far-flung locations. The second category includes boarding schools, which are often housed in large fenced-in grounds. Boarding schools often differ in programs and requirements from their public counterparts and vary widely in subject matter and size. Nonetheless, both types of schools have similar goals, which is to educate children to be productive citizens.
Home schools are becoming more popular in America
The homeschooling trend exploded in the U.S. after the pandemic displaced in-person learning. From 5.4% of households in April to 11.1% by October of 2020, the number of homeschooling families rose steadily. Black families, for example, saw an increase of 3.3% in spring 2020. By fall, 16.1% of Black families were homeschooling. Support groups and curriculum resources have also increased rapidly, largely due to the growth of homeschooling families.
Private schools charge tuition fees
Private schools in America charge tuition fees for a variety of services. Some offer sports and social events, but the vast majority charge tuition for their academic programs. There may be additional fees for uniforms and yearbooks. Some require a student to maintain an account with the school store. Some even require insurance coverage. All of these extra costs may seem unnecessary to many families. However, some families are not able to afford private school tuition due to their financial circumstances.
Public schools raise more money than private schools
Many Americans believe that public schools in America raise more money than private schools. That’s simply not true. Funding for public schools is based on the money a district can raise, and the amount needed to educate students. However, the distribution of funding is often uneven and the disparity between wealthy and poor communities is wide. In some states, wealthy suburban counties outspend poor, low-income areas by nearly $10,000 per student. In other states, the disparity between rich and poor districts has been reduced by implementing state and local policies to help ensure equitable funding.
Student participation in absenteeism increased significantly
The rates of student absence have consistently increased, with low-income students missing more school days than their high-income peers. In fact, the number of days missed per student in the U.S. education system has increased for every race, except for whites, who have the lowest absence rates. Moreover, students with special needs and ELLs were more likely to miss school days than their white peers.
Quality of education in public schools is expected to be better
Parents who have children in public schools are generally satisfied with the quality of their children’s education. Parents often rate the schools their children attend as “A” or “B,” and 70 percent give them an A or B grade. This reflects a strong sense of how their children compare to their peers in other schools. This gap in perceptions is important for the future of public education. But can this gap be closed? The answer may surprise