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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, 04:06 PM   #81
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Got nothing against the existence of private schools, and I would never rule out sending my kids to one, but what you get out of school depends on what you put into it, regardless of whether you go to a private or state school. I went to a pretty awful state school and did fine because I worked hard.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:08 PM   #82
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It's like comparing Oxford Uni to a polytechnic, it's a laughable proposition

That's a rather arrogant and ignorant assumption.

Unless, if by private school, you mean schools like this, in which case you're a rich elitist.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:16 PM   #83
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That's a rather arrogant and ignorant assumption.

Unless, if by private school, you mean schools like this, in which case you're a rich elitist.


My school's similar to that, if not nicer....
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:16 PM   #84
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That's a rather arrogant and ignorant assumption.

Unless, if by private school, you mean schools like this, in which case you're a rich elitist.

Brah, I got you beat. Bill Cosby's son went here

That is where I got accepted to but couldn't go because of what I said earlier.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:17 PM   #85
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My school's older than America

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromsgrove_School
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:18 PM   #86
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My school's similar to that, if not nicer....

Rich, elitist douche!

(Not like I can talk much, but at least I didn't compare private schools to fucking Oxford. You ignorant jerkface! )
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:19 PM   #87
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Rich, elitist douche!

(Not like I can talk much, but at least I didn't compare private schools to fucking Oxford. You ignorant jerkface! )


I compared shite polytechnic universities to Oxford University.

I was saying that it was a similar comparison from state schools in my area to the school I go to.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:21 PM   #88
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Both Pates (a grammar school) and Dean Close (a private school) are very local to me. Guess which consistently scores higher academically? Yep, it's the former.

Merit based education works far better than money based education. It is only occasionally one is both moneyed and academically meritorious.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:25 PM   #89
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Both Pates (a grammar school) and Dean Close (a private school) are very local to me. Guess which consistently scores higher academically? Yep, it's the former.

Merit based education works far better than money based education. It is only occasionally one is both moneyed and academically meritorious.


Dean Close isn't a very good private school...

Again, you only get out what you put in really.

All the money in the world isn't going to help if you don't do any work
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:31 PM   #90
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That's what I was getting at.

Anyway, I'm all for private education, provided public education isn't as good. Even if I have to work 2-3 jobs to get my (future) kids a good education, I will.

That said, I do think there's incredible room for improvement in the education in general in the US. We're certainly not up to snuff with many other developed nations.


>assuming all private schools are like yours or this girl's

Most private schools pride themselves on academic excellence. Obviously, yours and this girl's merely paid lip service to that principle. However, most pay way more than lip service.


Could be. But from what I've seen from Private School taught students here in the UK, I'm keeping my kids well away from private schools.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:35 PM   #91
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I compared shite polytechnic universities to Oxford University.

I was saying that it was a similar comparison from state schools in my area to the school I go to.

Which doesn't change the fact that your comparison is ridiculous.

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Could be. But from what I've seen from Private School taught students here in the UK, I'm keeping my kids well away from private schools.

You and Digman should get together. You can argue about private schools, sharing your divergent experiences in the process. Hopefully, no one will have to call the cops.


The point is, assuming private schools are A) infinitely better is ignorant OR B) infinitely worse is ignorant. Personal experiences are shit, as far as proving whether a private school is better or worse than a public school.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #92
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Both Pates (a grammar school) and Dean Close (a private school) are very local to me. Guess which consistently scores higher academically? Yep, it's the former.

Merit based education works far better than money based education. It is only occasionally one is both moneyed and academically meritorious.


I live near-ish Pates. We get compared to it sometimes. Just lettin' ya'll know.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:24 PM   #93
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I'd probably definitely not send my kid to a private school.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #94
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I go to a state school and I wouldn't send my kids to a private school.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:30 PM   #95
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I went to a private school for 7 years. It was extremely fascist and corrupt. That makes me sound stupid, but it was. Any form of originality or creativity was crushed immediately. Propaganda was constantly spewed at the students. All of the faculty was related, so you couldn't inform a teacher's superiors of said teacher's shitty-ness. It was basically a totalitarian state. ****ing hated it.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:41 PM   #97
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I really don't think private schools should exist. The amount of money your parents have should not affect the quality of your education. In a perfect world the state would ensure equality throughout. All you end up with is private schools breeding conservative MP's with no idea how the real world works. See current british government for a fine example.


Look at it this way.(and this happens).

Child goes to (insert famous private school) Eton. Through attending Eton he makes alot of contacts which from he will more than likely end up in a "top rate" university like oxford or cambridge and will be favoured over those coming from state schools. Once he leaves university he applies for jobs ( or more than likely goes into politics like he has bee brainwashed to do) and gets accepted based purely on his education.


Is that really fair? That coming from wealthy backgrounds means you are more likely to rise to high paid jobs and be favoured over those who were state educated.

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:08 PM   #98
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:10 PM   #99
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where I grew up there are no private schools that are not run by a church/religious society, and as I don't plan to force religion on my children when the time comes I would not send them to a private school run by said institutions. In my view religion is something that needs to be discovered by the individual, and not forced upon someone (as it was on me).

given the case of a private school not run by a church, I would think about it. Would really depend on the reputation of the public schools wherever I would be living. If the education and ability to get into a better college was that high, I might send my kids there, but if the cost was outrageous or there wasn't a huge difference in test scores or something coming out of the private school, I wouldn't do it.

There is also a social aspect of public schools that many who went to private schools don't realize exists because of the "upper class bubble" they grew up in. I went to a high school where I graduated with 650 people, from superbly rich to poverty level, of all races, and it teaches you life lessons that you wouldn't learn in, say, a private school where only boys are allowed and 95% of them are from the upper class.

finally, to teach in a public school, you are constantly evaluated at much higher standards (at least in my area) than the private schools are. Since the private schools don't have to follow state regulations on teachers, at least in my area the private school teachers are much less qualified (with college degrees or whatever) to actually teach a class than the public school teachers. In my high school I had 8 teachers who had doctorates in their respective fields (mainly math and science), whereas the major local private school had mainly bachelor degree teachers.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:47 PM   #100
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I went to private school through high school. I don't think I can confidently say that I received a better education compared to my local public school, but then again it is a decent public school. I did receive a quality education, it put me at a good start in college, and I was not "sheltered from the real world" like some people suggest.

My overall stance would probably be: lower-quality public school = private school is worth it
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