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PUBLIC (State) Schools VS PRIVATE (Public) Schools

If you had a choice which would you chose for your child and why? Discuss - the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Public Schools of course for quality of education but I don't like the fees they charge and the fact that they are very backwards and 'Thatcherist'
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Public Schools of course for quality of education but I don't like the fees they charge and the fact that they are very backwards and 'Thatcherist'
Don't you mean private schools?

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Looking at the Dutch situation, I'd go for public. I can't stand those snobbish private schools.

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Don't you mean private schools?
In Britain we called private school "public school."

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Don't you mean private schools?
A public school, in common English and Welsh usage, is a (usually) prestigious school, for children usually between the ages of 11 or 13 and 18, which charges fees and is not financed by the state. It is traditionally a single sex boarding school, although many now accept day pupils and are coeducational. The majority date back to the 18th or 19th centuries, and several are over 400 years old. By contrast, a government-maintained school, where instruction is provided free of charge, is called a state school.


Yeah sorry I didn't realise there was a different meaning outside of the UK.
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Looking at the Dutch situation, I'd go for public. I can't stand those snobbish private schools.
You are right about the atitudes of some of the people from private school. I was educated in states school and when I was in university I was living next door to someone who was educated in "public" (private) school and she's a b*tch. Just like Hautbois said very "Thatcherist."

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I'm a bit suspicious of private education. There is a lot of muttering from a few schools that they remove pupils from exams that they think they will get a low grade or fail in, in order to boost the overall pass mark. The educational standards in some are obviously higher in Scotland (Glenalmond etc.) but its not agiven. Plus the methods they employ to 'encourage' higher standards don't sit well with me.

Therefore I would send my child to the local state school. Decent education in most and no money to pay.

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I would have to say public schools. I went to private schools, and while I got a good education, there is a big emphasis on social standing. Plus, some private schools are totally sports-crazy, and that's not always good...you want there to be a balance between sports, education and other activites.
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I would sent my kids to a private Catholic school through middle school and then send them to public school for high school.

But it depends on where you live. If your property taxes are through the roof (like they are here, gosh i'm glad i don't have to pay bills ) then there is no need to send your kids to private school unless for a religious reason.
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Yeah, it's usually worth it to do some research on where the best public schools are, because there are some good ones. You also need to look at school size...some kids will enjoy a bigger school, while others might have their academic and social needs served better at a smaller school.
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i went to private school...

and i hated it. i think i was really smart before i went, so i dont think the "quality of education" is quite as high as everyone thinks. i went to a single sex private school, and it was a bunch of snobbish caucasian girls who had 18 bedroom houses and maids and stupidness like that. was made to feel an outsider cuz i didnt like crappy rock music.

i finished my school education at a state school. and i still got really good grades and i loved it and the people. so go figure, £6k a year probably wasnt worth it

i would choose public. but i good public one. (i never got why in britain we call selective schools "public" schools. they're not open to the public )
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If I ever have kids, and I am in a good financial situation, I would seriously consider home-schooling them. It would depend on a lot of factors. But then I have always liked to be different.

If that is unfeasible... I don't really know where I would send them. Possibly public. Again it would depend on many many factors.
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Private school... level of education is very important to me..
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I went to a state school and liked it very much there. I believe the environment to learn things and get motivated is better.
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