The pros and cons of private school education

tudy International | September 03, 2019

There are now more pupils in private schools than ever before. According to ISC Research, there is a record 536,109 pupils in 2019 at its member schools. This is the highest number of pupils at ISC schools since records began in 1974. The number of international schools are increasing too. A 2018 report from ISC Research counts a total of 9,605 English-medium international schools worldwide, representing a year-over-year increase of 6.3 percent. As they become more popular, parents are tasked to weigh the age-old question: What are the benefits of private school? Are they better than public schools? Should they invest their money into these institutions? Which would be the best for my children? We aim to help answer this question with what recent report and research have to say: Do graduates of independent schools have better life outcomes and well-being? Do private school students receive greater benefits in terms of college admissions?

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This paper evaluates a pilot experiment at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to: 1) increase the learning tools available in a quantitative methods course classroom, transitioning to a high-tech, virtual environment and 2) redesign the curriculum to embrace a self-organized learning environment that guides students to the threshold of complex issues and facilitates self-actualized, liminal moments (Meyer & Land, 2013). The goal of this project, funded through a Promising Practices grant from the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office, was to explore a virtual classroom for learning technical skills in urban planning— alleviating the demands of oversubscribed labs and effectively doubling class capacity.

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This paper evaluates a pilot experiment at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to: 1) increase the learning tools available in a quantitative methods course classroom, transitioning to a high-tech, virtual environment and 2) redesign the curriculum to embrace a self-organized learning environment that guides students to the threshold of complex issues and facilitates self-actualized, liminal moments (Meyer & Land, 2013). The goal of this project, funded through a Promising Practices grant from the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office, was to explore a virtual classroom for learning technical skills in urban planning— alleviating the demands of oversubscribed labs and effectively doubling class capacity.

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