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I went to a state school and would not send my child to a private school. 69 42.07%
I went to a state school and would send my child to a private school. 45 27.44%
I went to a private school and would not send my child to a private school. 12 7.32%
I went to a private school and would send my child to a private school. 38 23.17%
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:35 PM   #61
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Depending on where they're from, they could've been surrounded by rich white people even if they'd gone to public school anyway.

On the flip side, my private school in NYC was fairly diverse.

Yea, that's what I was thinking. Public doesn't automatically mean diverse. The nearest public school to me is like 90% white or some shit.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:37 PM   #62
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Yea, that's what I was thinking. Public doesn't automatically mean diverse. The nearest public school to me is like 90% white or some shit.

Basically describes my town's high school.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:41 PM   #63
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The school doesn't make them brats, the parenting does

Honestly those who wouldn't consider even if it meant a better education for their child are ******s, plain and simple. Saying that you know some kids that thought they were 'the shit' come out of private schools as your justification for not putting your potential children into one of those schools shows that you're not ready to even begin pondering about children in the first place.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:41 PM   #64
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If I had money and the public school near where we live is shitty, then I might send them to private school. If I sent my kid to a private school and he's ****ing up, he's wasting my money.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:47 PM   #65
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Basically describes my town's high school.


Ethnicity =/= diversity. There was only about 5 black kids at my school. What diversity can mean, as in the point I was making, is the diversity of people from different walks of life in terms of social standing, wealth, intelligence and family background.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:55 PM   #66
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I went to a private school until I was 10. My parents felt it was a complete waste of money and today I can honestly say I felt no benefit from it.

Furthermore...

I know a girl who goes to my course who went to private school and she told me she got an A in History class, but she doesn't know who Hitler is.

Yeah. She saw an old picture of a guy with a moustache and said that was Hitler. She was not trying to be funny. She was dead serious.

So yeah. Private schools. Not even once.

EDIT: If I really did want to put my kids somewhere "highly academically to improve their outlooks for the future" I'd go for an IB school.


Let me summarize your post for you. Just to make sure I'm getting the gist of it.

I met a dumb girl who went to one specific private school and got an A in a subject she knew nothing about
Having full faith in her, knowing that she wasn't lying, I now know that all private schools teach no one anything, are vastly inferior on the whole to public schools, and are generally a joke and menace to society



Nah they're not that bad. I'm sure there are some shitty ones... but I can guarantee you there are thousands more shitty public schools.

I don't understand why I go to one though. The public schools in my area are really nice...
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:56 PM   #67
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I went to one of the top public school systems in the country, so if my kid attended that, there'd be no need for private schooling.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:59 PM   #68
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Ethnicity =/= diversity. There was only about 5 black kids at my school. What diversity can mean, as in the point I was making, is the diversity of people from different walks of life in terms of social standing, wealth, intelligence and family background.

Still doesn't mean it's like that for everyone. There are dozens of public schools fairly close to me. I guarantee almost all kids came from the same social background at the one closest school to me. Almost all white middle/upper middle class

If anything the one private school I almost went to was way more diverse since it accepted kids from all over the country and many students from different countries.
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Exactly, in depends on your zoning... maybe if you happen to live in a 20 mile melting pot of culture, your public school is like that. But if the area all around is the same socio-economic level then NOPE all the same.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:09 PM   #70
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Yeah, it's true. I live in rural Gloucestershire, in a big state school about 1600 pupils, and there's probably 4 black kids and about 10 asians? It's less diverse ethnically than many private schools, I'm sure.
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Still doesn't mean it's like that for everyone. There are dozens of public schools fairly close to me. I guarantee almost all kids came from the same social background at the one closest school to me. Almost all white middle/upper middle class

If anything the one private school I almost went to was way more diverse since it accepted kids from all over the country and many students from different countries.


I guess I just live in a country where the wealthy and the not so wealthy aren't as heavily segregated. I went to school with people from millionaire families and people from families who had never worked a day in their life. People living cheek by jowl innit bruva.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:13 PM   #72
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I guess I just live in a country where the wealthy and the not so wealthy aren't as heavily segregated. I went to school with people from millionaire families and people from families who had never worked a day in their life. People living cheek by jowl innit bruva.

Oh yea. I mean, I'm sure there are tons of diverse schools around if you go closer to the city and stuff where there are way more people. I'm just saying that it's not like that at absolutely every school
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:21 PM   #73
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Oh yea. I mean, I'm sure there are tons of diverse schools around if you go closer to the city and stuff where there are way more people. I'm just saying that it's not like that at absolutely every school

It tends to be the suburban or rural schools that aren't diverse. Although, there are certain areas of most cities that don't have diverse schools either. For instance, the schools in North Minneapolis (an area within a hour's drive of me) are filled with 90% poor people.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:30 PM   #74
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lol @ people with one bad private school experience and think all are bad
lol @ public school plebs who think all private schools are bad
Do your research before going to school. There are good private and public schools, as well as bad schools. Also, behavior is largely dependent on parenting, not the school.
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I went to a private school for a few years.

I guess it depends on how my kid is. If he/she is a brat like I was, private school will shape him/her up. If he/she is highly intelligent and I feel that they aren't getting the most out of his/her current school, then I will send him/her to a private school. If he/she falls in between these two, then I won't because it's expensive as hell and if he/she is doing alright in a normal school then why bother?

You're Canadian...private schools are kind of a waste of time here.
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Do your research before going to school. There are good private and public schools, as well as bad schools. Also, behavior is largely dependent on parenting, not the school.


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Old 09-30-2012, 03:40 PM   #77
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It tends to be the suburban or rural schools that aren't diverse. Although, there are certain areas of most cities that don't have diverse schools either. For instance, the schools in North Minneapolis (an area within a hour's drive of me) are filled with 90% poor people.


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No; I have no fixed objection to their existing in parallel with state-funded schools; and if the only state-funded schools available were rubbish, then yes.

This. The opportunities and facilities offered at some schools are incredible, if I could comfortably afford it and the local schools were not good schools then I would seriously consider paying for my child to attend a privately funded school.
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Having gone to a terrible public high school and now at university feeling behind compared to many people I know most who went to better public schools I'd say it depends on the situation. If the choice was the school I went to or a private school, I'd probably go with private school. I'm just as smart as most people, but they have a major leg up on me as far as credits they already earned during high school. I had the opportunity to get like...6 credits in high school and I know people who are graduating college at 20/21 taking a regular class load. Not that I would have wanted to graduate that quickly, but it just shows the huge disparity between public schools.


In the end, I'd rather find a good public school.
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I go to a private school and so will my kids.

In my opinion there isn't any comparison between the two.

It's like comparing Oxford Uni to a polytechnic, it's a laughable proposition
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