While I do agree that to a certain extent a private education can provide a child with a better education, it is only because the students in a private school education tend to be given more attention to their needs and talents. I've attended both a private school and a public school, and I will never forget making the shift between the two. My grandparents had moved from the city (where I was enrolled in the private school) to a small country town (where I made my debut in the public schooling system). The day I set foot into the public school I remember first feeling odd that we were not required to wear uniforms, but that feeling quickly faded. Secondly, I remember when my teacher handed out a worksheet that was to be worked on for the next half hour or so. I remember looking at the worksheet, frowning, and raising my hand. I told my teacher that I had already completed that worksheet the year before at my old school. Needless to say she looked shocked, but told me to complete the worksheet anyway. I completed it in about 5 minutes...
It is this obvious demonstration of difference that still astounds me to this day. It's hard to believe that the difference between the second grade at my public school and the first grade at my private school is nothing... How is it okay to allow public schools to be up to a YEAR behind private schools in regards to education?
I also recall the day that I set foot onto my college campus freshman year. Every freshman was required to meet with her advisor so that she could choose classes for the semester. I remember that even though I walked into college with 24 college credits I had attained from honors courses in high school, my advisor made me take the second to lowest English course because he wasn't sure if I had "learned everything I needed to know for a college English course." For what reason did I take two dual-enrollment English honors courses in high school if they weren't going to count towards my college education? The only reason I can think as to why he put me in a lower English course is because I'm from a public school, and the stigma often associated with public schooling systems is that they provide a lower education than private schools. Other women, who had the same dual-enrollment credits as I did, were admitted into the upper-level English courses...but being that my alma mater is largely made up of students from affluent families, the majority of the women had attended private schools. That semester in English was very difficult for me because I felt I was miles ahead of the other women in my class, but the professor insisted that I "think inside the box" and not stray too far ahead of the other students in class. I had planned on majoring in English and Creative Writing...needless to say that I dropped that major after my first semester.
Again, it must be stated that I do agree to an extent that a private school provides a somewhat better education than a public school. However, it cannot be said that the students that are the product of either education system should automatically be judged as either educated or uneducated just because their parents could or could not afford a better school's tuition. I was the victim of discrimination because I attended a public school, and I do not foresee this form of discrimination changing anytime soon especially if particular stigmas stay with students forever.