Public Schools Vs Charter Schools

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The United States of America has the largest most robust economy in the world. America has the most advanced military in the world and serves as a beacon of hope and peace around the world. One would expect the United States to also be at the top of the list when it comes to our public education system; unfortunately that notion is false. Among thirty developed countries, the United States ranks 25th in math and 21st in science (Lessons in Education). As our economy is becoming more dependent on technological innovation, our position in the world in regards to math and science education is very weak. The hard working taxpayers of the United States pay near 10,000 per student to be education in our public school system (Lessons in Education). …show more content…
Charter Schools receive public funded like traditional public schools, however; they can me more flexible and enact their own rules and techniques for teaching. Charter schools are most commonly found in low-income areas with failing school systems. They offer a choice for low-income individuals who would have other wise had to send their child to a public school. Critics of charter schools, most notably the teachers unions, argue that charter schools waste money that could have otherwise been spent on traditional public systems. They also believe that this “choice” that is now available, creates competition amongst schools, which will not have a positive overall effect. I strongly disagree with the critics and believe charter schools are part of the solution to fixing our public education problem. The primary benefit of charter schools is that it allows for education leaders to be innovative (Rotherman). An individual can apply to start a charter school and if approved, that person can design a curriculum that he or she believes will be successful. Traditional principles cannot do this because they have to adhere to stricter guidelines. The entrepreneurs of charter schools learn from failing public schools and create schools that will be beneficial to certain types of students. No student learns the same, so charter schools enable students with different learning needs to attend a school that best fits them. Charter schools create a customization in public education (Rotherman). Unlike traditional public schools, if a charter school is failing they are closed down relatively quickly. This gives them an incentive to set high standards for their students and produce educated children. Public schools don’t have this incentive because most failing public schools remain open. Because charter schools must preform well to stay in existence, many outperform public schools. Another

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