Schools and classes tend to be much smaller. According to the National Center for Education Statistics study, private schools tend to be half as large as public schools. Many experts feel that children are less likely to get lost in the shuffle if they attend a smaller school, which naturally nurtures a sense of community and belonging. In addition, the teacher-student ratios in private schools tend to be more favorable, says the National Association for Independent Schools. On average, private schools have a student-teacher ratio of 9:1 as opposed to about 17:1 in public schools.
Whatever you think your children need—deserve—from their school experience, assume that the parents at the nearby public housing complex want the same. No, don’t just assume it. Do something about it. Send your kids to school with their kids. Use the energy you have otherwise directed at fighting to get your daughter a slot at the competitive private school to fight for more computers at the public school. Use your connections to power and money and innovation to make your local school—the one you are now sending your child to—better. Don’t just acknowledge your liberal guilt—listen to it.
In the event of an emergency, it’s important that people receive your emergency message. If an organization’s public and private communication systems and devices are not working together, it’s highly possible the emergency message could get lost in the crowd of everyday messages. When sending an emergency notification, it’s vital that the message override the every day communications and be sent through a coordinated use of multiple public and private channels of communication. Learn more on how MessageNet Connections integrates public and private communications, every day and emergency communications into one powerful system.