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Discipline in Public vs Private Schools
is there a difference in what they can really do?

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#1 lovedupmumma

Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

Has anyone experienced the difference between the two in terms of action that schools can take against kids that are causing persistent problems for others. We're currently in the public sysem and I see a lot of guiding and redirecting for problems, but feel that maybe teachers and Principal are somewhat restricted in how much they can really do to address problems.

I'm talking early primary school here.

Sorry, double post. My computer is sleepy, I got impatient and clicked again. Doh!

Edited by lovedupmumma, 07 December 2012 - 05:38 PM.

#2 Ange remplie

Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:41 PM

IME, the big difference is that it's relatively easy for a private school to expel a private student.

What sort of addressing of problems did you want to see, OP?

#3 The Old Feral

Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

I don't think there are too many rowdy 6yos being expelled from private schools.

My experience is only in the public system.... 2 schools in 3 years and they are chalk and cheese when it comes to behaviour management. So I think it comes down to the leadership and philosophy of the school, rather than public vs private.

#4 Bluestocking

Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

I don't know if they really handle things any differently, but generally those sort of kids that are very difficult come from a difficult home. Parents in those types of homes send their children to public schools not private. So what I'm saying is that kids with discipline issues are more likely to be found in state schools. That's probably going to offend people, yes it is just a broad generalization. Doesn't make state schools bad.

In my DD's experience she moved from a large state school to a small private school. There is a big difference in discipline purely because the teachers are able to keep a much better eye on the kids.

#5 saxa

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:10 PM

I posted this reply in the other thread - I thought my post had somehow been removed but there are 2.
Well i know that the public system really has to jump through hoops and loads of red tape to deal with serial offenders.

Our public primary had a big issue a few years ago with an older boy - there was violence toward a teacher and other students involved and it took nearly a whole year of the department trying different avenues to get some resolution which was also hindered by parents not accepting the boys issues.

The boy was excluded at the end of last year, however he was asked to leave 2 private schools with in a year before coming to our public school.

Public schools really do have their hands tied when it comes to extreme circumstances.

#6 2bundles

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

DS got expelled from private in Yr 2.  Just a difficult kid (Aspergers) not violent or rude.

Types of discipline in yr1/2 - after school detention, lunchtime detention, behaviour charts.

He is now in public.  Discipline is more age appropriate and understanding. Kids do not get away with being rude or violent, but they are more likely to have playground time restricted, parents called, see the principal etc. a boy in DS' class has just been suspended for throwing a water bottle at the teacher, so it isn't a free for all.

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