Is private education good for society? | The Economist

Is private education good for society? | The Economist


There is a big boom in private education all over the world, you see it in schooling numbers so the numbers of people
going to private primary has gone up from 10 to 17%
over the last 15 years. Secondary has gone up from nine to 27% and then if you look in
particular countries, you find for instance in
China the big increase in people going to elite private schools but also huge business in
terms of people getting online tuition, parents are
finding ways to spend money on the great competition to
improve their children’s brains. Yes so the resurgence is
happening for a few different reasons one of them is
that incomes are going up, the birthrates are going down. So in families all over the
world there is more money to spend on each child. If you look at the
Chinese one child policy, you can get six people, four grandparents, two parents, all of them willing
to invest in the education of one child and at the same time, you’ve had the hole of the
world economy changing so that there are fewer unskilled jobs everywhere. Almost all decent jobs require you to have a qualification of some sort. So the great advantage
of private education is that it’s fantastically
good getting children in school so in countries where people
are moving around a lot which is most of the developing world and where populations are growing swiftly where you get this huge
swift urbanization. Governments just can’t keep up! So you’ll get governments
like Pakistan which you know in Punjab which
is a massive state, struggling with fast growing cities has partnered up with the
private sector to send poor kids who would otherwise
not be getting schooling at all into private schools. And they’re doing that
with over two million kids. And private schools can
also be really really good because you know often
parents are willing to spend masses of money and you get a really high quality of education. It is a dilemma for society. Governments need to concern
themselves about equality and about social mobility,
things that the private sector discourages rather than encourages. The problem with private
schools is that they do tend to increase in equality when
parents are allowed to spend money on their children, they
will spend as much as they can so obviously rich kids
go to better schools. You see China which is
increasingly putting controls on the expansion in the school’s business. It’s clearly pretty
uncomfortable about it. Rather than trying to shut it down, governments need to be
trying to work with it. Now there is a cost, if you
allow the private sector to operate you are gonna get
a higher level of inequality. But I think that that
is a price worth paying for the liberty, for the
resources, for the better brains, for the innovation, for
the quality of education, and the breath of education that you get if you allow the private
sector to operate. So I think governments must look at the private sector
as a potential partner, not as they do in some places as an enemy.

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    Imran Mehmood

    I also think the technicality of creating content of the economist has waned. Previously videos had lots of graphics and voice in background. That was good idea

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    Xianghao Li

    Private schools are bloosming in China. Many excellent teachers in public schools are now employed in private schools because those schools offer better pay. But there's rumor that the government is going to restrict the growth of private education soon.

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    Jason Bourne

    Freemarket education is the only way to go. Govt doesn't have to get their greedy corrupt hands in every aspect of our lives. Otherwise, we might as well become a totalitarian society.

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    Isaac Shur

    So, inequality is a "price worth paying for the liberty, the resources, for the better brains, for the innovation, for the quality of education, and the breadth of education that you get". Except, only the wealthy families of the world are really getting these benefits in full. That's what INEQUALITY means. What's the point then? Inequality is justified because wealthy people benefit from it? Education should provide EVERYONE with more liberty, resources, etc. Wealthy families have advantages as in, being wealthy in the first place. Why give them more advantages at the expense of others?

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    Calvin Sylveste

    What are the practical differences in education between elite and poor schools?
    Is there some elite or special knowledge reserved for the expensive schools and forbidden to the poor ones?

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    epSos Premium

    What if we had all the best classes and teacher in video format ?
    I think we need the best classes, presentations and lectures free and open on the Internet, so that learning would be more simple and more fun.

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    Prince of Chetarria

    The problem is that since (in the UK at least) so many of the people in power attended private schools, people often don't feel like they will make the state school system a priority ://

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    You Tube

    I think culture plays a large role in this, country culture and society. You can’t, and shouldn’t, tell everyone else how they should live, but you can try to take control of that for your own family. Even if your public school is safe, with nice teachers and good classes, your child is still being ‘raised’ by this environment more than by with you and your values as a parent of this child, and what a good perspective and direction means for your family. I think that private schools, ‘part schools’ (where athletes and artists get their own classes at certain times with the peers they study their craft with, but inside of a public school building. We had this in my city) and homeschooling programs and private classes are really important to give kids and parents choice, in the kind of way their child spends a lot of their time, what environment that is in. I do think that the government should offer parents who choose this option an ability to apply for partial funding. That said, it is mandatory to invest more in public systems, many people like them and need them, I certainly liked it when I was there, it was a really great school. I think leaving the private sector for rich investors should free up the government for public school investment. 😉 these school types serve different roles; public schools are for people who want an easy going; multi culture vibe, and free education. Private schooling are usually of interest to families of kids living usually specific subject centred lives (like religious, arts oriented, sports, sciences, etc) and they both have their place and need to be invested in.

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    MdotTdot go

    As a south korean, whose country has been struggling with educations ever after the Korean war, private school has more value to parents than public school, because korea has a exam system that nobody can solve without private schooling.

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    Nikola Prolić

    Screw that, Finland model is the best model. Private school should be banned. Once you force the rich people to go to public schools, there's finally enough pressure on the government to reform and enhance the public education and consequently fix the education for entire masses instead of just for the kids of rich and in some way privileged parents

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    Miguel Laliberté

    How does it better schooling? The issue we’re having in developing countries is the real value of our education. Both public and private schools have students receiving.mediocre schooling. The only difference is with most private schools it’s a pay to play game where snowplow parents can bid for the highest ticket for there kids to be in a school that will give them more of an advantage for hiring or entering prestigious universities regardless of the actual competitive capabilities they may have in relation with their peers and public school students. If anything nowadays the online material anyone can find from small tuition courses (that lower to middle class kids could afford) or just flat out get for free online is WAY BETTER schooling than any public or private school would ever teach. This lowers inequality and makes knowledge easily accessible for everyone not just the privileged like you state it’s doing. We can follow from those that actually lead and not from those who hold false leadership positions.

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    Annika_green

    I hope private school continues because the leftists agenda and shitty education is what public school has become. Lenin said “give me one generation of your children for 5 years & he will be mine forever”…. it’s already happened in certain places in Europe & in the leftist US areas. Private school will NOT go away but grow as a resistance to the BS agenda of global communism in the false name of “peace & justice”

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    P Melkin

    Absolute gutter "journalism".

    "Emma Duncan, our social policy editor, explains why governments should embrace the private sector's rise".

    The Economist is the EPITOMY of greed, lies, deception and all things evil.
    They suck the dicks of cheap immigrant labour. But when it comes to a fair deal for the indigeneous masses they promote filth and lies like this.

    Its the scum from private schools who do their level best to destroy state schools througjh MASSIVE underfunding eg 4k a year vs 40k a year at their own toff ridden cesspools.

    One day, I hope Emma Duncan and her vile friends are in need of someone with talent, someone who got to their job on merit – I am thinking doctor or someone. It would be funny if the doctor who saw her wasn't someone who got there by talent eg someone from a state school. It would be funny if it was one of her vile toff friends who got their thro an obscenely expensive education and the corruption of the old boy network. It would be hilarious if this toff(like most toffs) was utterly clueless and fouled up her treatment resulting in her death. That would truly be poetic justice.

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    P Melkin

    Utterly evil people promoting the obscenity and the brazen bigotry and corruption of private schools.
    These people deserve have karma to give them a good slap.

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    John Smith

    Is giving brainless cousin marrying dickheads 40k a year education so they can get all the good jobs thro corruption a good thing?
    Especially when they ensure a S African style social apartheid is in place to see the 94% of the population in state schools all get rubbish jobs.

    The Economist is a gutter rag written by vile and evil cockroaches.
    Private schools should be closed down and demolished. Discriminating against the 94% of us from state schools should be an automatically jailable hate crime. Its obscene to see these upper class muppet toffs running PLCs via the corrupt old boy network when they haven't got the brains to sweep dogshxx off the pavement.

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    kamingalbert

    Ha ha, when talking about private education in China, the two pictures came from HK and unrelated to private education. Not thee usual standard of the economist.

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    JM AF

    People talk about privatising the NHS – a terrible idea in my opinion. I would rather see all schools running a system of contribution (means tested perhaps). I wouldn’t want it to be more than a few hundred pounds a term but it would raise a lot of money for schools. It would also make parents take their child’s education seriously.

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    plastidecor pi

    This video is absolute garbage.
    First stating that equality is lesser important.
    Second, ignoring that countries with world best education system happen to have PUBLIC education system. I'd rather have Finland's education system than China's

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    bigpippie littlepippiesmomma

    This woman has never set foot in a public school, at least in this century. Elite..lol. She is speaking from the perspective of an administrator who has no first hand experience or any working knowledge of a public school dynamic or the policies and procedures that help to encourage the mayhem that parents are trying to save thier kids from by keeping them out of public school. She failed to address any actual parents who can't afford private school but figure it out financially anyway. There's nothing elite about kids and teachers not being in danger and base values that at the very least require respect in order to ensure an environment where kids can actually learn. The problem isnt elitism, the problem is in promoting zero expectations for self control or self discipline, and the across the board imposed lack of authority to enforce any, along with the complete lack of consequences for disrespectful or hostile behavior. There are zero boundaries for kids behavior in schools so no one should be surprised when they act like they don't understand how to behave. In this day and age, society and the public school systems in general encourage a dynamic that is completely void of respect.Those private 'Elite' schools she speaks of….the main difference is that the kids are expected to treat people with respect and when they dont they are called out, singled out and made accountable for thier behavior and there is the real threat of being disciplined for it. Private schools enforce discipline and consequences so kids actually behave in them. Public schools do none of this. There are teachers that take pay cuts to work in private schools so they can have a calm, respectful work environment that is safe from verbal hostility and physical danger. So…yeah in that regard she's right…Respect shouldn't be reserved for the elite. If that expectation were in place for all in public schools, there wouldn't be such an exodus into the private sector for a safer education in a non- threatening environment where learning can be the focus rather than safety.

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    Kingmaxthe_ first

    I disagree private education gives rich peoples children automatic better knowledge that money should be taxed to pay for better education for everyone

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