Our great city is home to the most diverse population in
Canada, and it should come as no surprise that we have the greatest variety
when it comes to educational choices. When the time arises to make a decision
regarding your child's education and what type of institute would best serve
their needs, the first question many parents wonder is whether a private
curriculum is the same as public schools in Toronto
All students, regardless of public, private, or home
schooling require the same 18 compulsory credits necessary to receive a high-school
diploma from the ministry. These credits include English, math, science,
geography, history, arts, physical education, French language studies, career
studies, and civics, with additional requirements such as completing volunteer
service and taking a provincial literacy test. This however is where the
expected similarities end and the values and beliefs of individual institutes
Private Schools Apart from Public School?
Public schools are designed in a broad way to provide
education to students of all types from all manner of backgrounds with many
different interests and values. As they are a government entity paid for with
our tax dollars, they are heavily regulated by the Ministry of Education which
outlines clear guidelines concerning what must be taught, how it is to be
taught, and who exactly can teach it. Teachers in a public school environment
are required to have not only graduated from an accredited post-secondary
educational program, but to also be certified by the Ontario College of
Teachers, whereas private schools are not bound so strictly. But that does not
in any way infer that the teachers in a private school are less qualified – in
fact it's often the exact opposite. Private schools base a great deal of their
curriculum on the values they believe in, and as such, often hire educators who
share those core beliefs. Montessori schools, for example, place a great deal
of value on the student's individual learning patterns and treating children at
a more adult level to foster their creativity, and teachers who promote the
same philosophy are likely to be in charge of the classroom.
Often times, in private schools, the educator's
education is far superior to that found in a public school teacher, usually
having completed masters in a field which relates to the topic they teach.
Private schools are able to afford teachers with more training as they are not
operating on a minimal budget in the manner public schools must, and this
allows them a lot more leeway to focus on finding someone who appreciates the
values and lifestyle the school is promoting.
At the end of the day, students are students, and
those who wish to do well will, and those who do not put in the effort will
unfortunately not make the grade regardless of public or private school enrollment.
However, with private schools being able to offer more personalized learning
plans, one-on-one assistance time, and mixing education with beliefs, it seems clear
that public schools' curriculum does not offer the same chance of success as
private schools do.