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Post time 2006-3-3 10:58:10 |Display all floors
what's the difference between the Catholic schools  and the public schools?
I want some detailed introduce,thank you!

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Post time 2006-3-3 11:40:53 |Display all floors
一个是天主教办的学校,另一个是公立学校。

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Post time 2006-3-3 11:50:07 |Display all floors
thanks
but what's the difference?teachers,students?

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Post time 2006-3-3 12:12:22 |Display all floors
Edchan is a Catholic, he can explain it in more details. It actually varies from place to place. Which state or province are you thinking of?

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Post time 2006-3-3 13:09:33 |Display all floors
Originally posted by laoxianggg at 2006-3-3 12:12
Edchan is a Catholic, he can explain it in more details. It actually varies from place to place. Which state or province are you thinking of?


The diff is more than just being private and public school.
The main diff between private and public school is "control".

Public schools are funded by school district of the county, usually. So is control.  Since public school system is funded by public money, the public (all residents of that county) may have a voice in their control which is the school district administration.  Hence the people can put in their opinion and to a large degree change the appointment of the administrtation personnel and teachers.  The residents can also give input to the  school district regarding the contents being taught, up to the point that fit into the State's requirement.  But the district has the control. The district is usually independent of the State's and the Federal control directly.  Religion is NOT allowed to be taught in public schools. This is NOT legal.

Private school is controlled by private groups. The citizens of the country has no control over them.  In a nutshell private school is controlled privately, hence they have a free hand in the adminsitration of the school.  Some private schools allow religion to be taught. In Catholic schools RELIGION EDUCATION is MANADATORY  and is practiced during class time.  Since catholic school is owned by the church the school belongs to the church which belongs to the parish which is a part of the diocese, the Cardinal is the ultimate head in that school of that country. (All catholic schools are more or lesss the same in the world.)  That means the Catholic school is run by the church basically. The state and the Fed are not involved other than setting contents requirement of the state to be followed by the school.

The major diff is the make up of the student body.  Since the parents pay a lot of money to put their child in, they are homogeneous in their desire to give their child a better education, even though they are not homogeneous in wealth.  But normally they are financial better off than those of public school.  That being the case, the outcome of the student from private schools are better than that of  the public school students, even though the scholastic achievements are not that much different.  But the disposition, attitude and behavior are known to be better from students of private schools. The percentage of students going to college is much higher from private school than from public schools.

The Catholic schools differs from other private schools in religion practice and in religion being taught in schools.  The control of private school is  by a private group (which can be another sect of religion -- Jews, Protestants,etc)  or some investment groups.  Catholic school is always owned by the church even though the church that owns it is financially unable to meet the expenses.  Because the school belongs to the diocese, so the archdiocese will take over the red ink and come to the rescue.  That is how a poor neighborhood catholic school is run because the religion has to be taught.  That is to say that the rich parishes aid the poor parishes to help them out,

Control, religious practice and teaching and student body makeup are the major diff between Catholic and publ schools.

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Post time 2006-3-3 13:15:36 |Display all floors
Normally the Catholic schools  are funding by Catholic churches, related parties and individuals, Public shcools are funding by local or central government.  The religin is not a must requirement to get into Catholic schools, but they prefer Christians and once you enroll and study there, they will train you become a Christian. In Australia, the school fees for Catholic schools are  much expensive than public schools. The disciplines are quiet strict in Catholic, from study to school behaviour, dressing code and so on. Normally there is a church in the school or close to the school, and students need to go to church once a week during weekdays, this is a part of the school life. Most of teachers at Catholic are Christian, actually there are not big different between the teachers in Catholic schools and public schools. But in my personal opinion,  the education is a bit better at Catholic school. In the long run, you can tell  the different between the students of Catholic and public schools . But this is only the experience I got in Australia, I don't know whether it could be applied to other places. Hope it can give you some help.

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Post time 2006-3-3 14:01:04 |Display all floors
Good explanations by edchan and maria2006. My naphew goes to a Catholic school in Ontario, Canada, and he doesn't like it for two reasons:
1. The school is too strict. But this is exactly why his parents sent him there, hehe.
2. Academically, the school is less competitive than nearby public schools. The reason behind this is the composition of the student body. I am not trying to reinforce racial stereotyping, but in his school, there is a large percentage of Italian and Portugese decendents (because they are Catholic), and most of the Jews, Chinese, Indians in the area go to public schools. Generally, in Canada at least, Jews, Chinese, and Indians families put more emphasis on education, especially in math and science. This is evidence when you look at the disproportionate number of Jews, Chinese and Indians in medical, accounting, computer, and law professions.  So in Catholic schools they lack diversity and the competition that comes with it.

At the time my naphew got into the Catholic school, you had to be a Catholic to be get in. Later on the Ontario government started providing funding to Catholic schools, and the church made a few concessions in return, among them you don't need to be a Catholic to teach or study in their school anymore. But today the vast majority of students and teachers in Catholic schools are still Catholic.

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