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roarke
Apr 11th, 2005, 08:53 PM
If you had a choice which would you chose for your child and why? Discuss - the good, the bad and the ugly.

Pengwin
Apr 11th, 2005, 08:58 PM
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'

CooCooCachoo
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:03 PM
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?

CooCooCachoo
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:04 PM
Looking at the Dutch situation, I'd go for public. I can't stand those snobbish private schools.

flyingmachine
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:05 PM
Don't you mean private schools?
In Britain we called private school "public school."

Pengwin
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:05 PM
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.

flyingmachine
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:14 PM
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. :fiery: Just like Hautbois said very "Thatcherist."

Grachka
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:18 PM
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.

Richie77
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:22 PM
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.

CJ07
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:26 PM
Both

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 :lol: ) then there is no need to send your kids to private school unless for a religious reason.

Richie77
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:29 PM
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.

SJW
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:32 PM
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 :confused: )

controlfreak
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:54 PM
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.

per4ever
Apr 11th, 2005, 09:56 PM
Private school... level of education is very important to me..

Josh
Apr 11th, 2005, 10:06 PM
I went to a state school and liked it very much there. I believe the environment to learn things and get motivated is better.

BigB08822
Apr 11th, 2005, 10:11 PM
I went to private school and hated it as well. It was a Catholic school and I am an atheist. That meant hell for me, but I had no choice. It was supposedly the best education you could get but that was such a crock. We went through 3 principals in my 4 yrs there. Everyone has a drug problem because their parents gave them all enough money to buy anything they wanted. The only thing I liked were my group of friends and the fact that being a smaller school, I knew everyone.

Richie77
Apr 11th, 2005, 10:20 PM
Brian :wavey: You and I went to similar schools! There were big drug problems at my school...in fact, at the start of my junior year, the prinicpal called our class in for a meeting, and gave us a lecture about drugs. Apparently there were people who would go into classes stoned (and I think I remember who those people were :tape: ).

I also had developed a little group of friends by my senior year, and stuck with them. Although some of them started drinking too, which I didn't like :rolleyes: I was pretty happy to get out of there by the time graduation rolled around.

PointBlank
Apr 11th, 2005, 10:24 PM
I..have been to both..perfer public..they are not as strict but basically same ciriculum..it also depends where you go to school..city schools are usually over-crowded and rowdier..but smaller public schools(like mine now) are nice..most Brasilian kids that can afford or just barely afford to go to private school go..the public school system there :rolleyes:..

CJ07
Apr 11th, 2005, 10:34 PM
Brian :wavey: You and I went to similar schools! There were big drug problems at my school...in fact, at the start of my junior year, the prinicpal called our class in for a meeting, and gave us a lecture about drugs. Apparently there were people who would go into classes stoned (and I think I remember who those people were :tape: ).

I also had developed a little group of friends by my senior year, and stuck with them. Although some of them started drinking too, which I didn't like :rolleyes: I was pretty happy to get out of there by the time graduation rolled around.
There are drug problems at every school Richie :p

And why is it that no one likes Catholic school? :shrug:

Did the nuns beat you? :p ;)

But I would probably send my kids to a Jesuit school, not a Catholic school. BIG difference

Richie77
Apr 11th, 2005, 10:42 PM
Matt, I went to a Jesuit school. There IS a big difference between that and a Catholic school. We didn't have to wear uniforms, and the atmosphere was very laidback. The school was predominantly Catholic, but other faiths were respected, even embraced.

We did have prayer services twice a year. A few of them were straight-forward religious, some of them were more "new-agey." There was one in particular which ended with a wooden box opening dramatically to unveil.....a disco ball :unsure: It's been 11-1/2 years, and I STILL don't get what that was supposed to mean.

Wiggly
Apr 11th, 2005, 10:53 PM
I went to both is Private is so much better! And your kid don't becoming pervert will all this young girls who got smaller skirts everyday :p

alexusjonesfan
Apr 11th, 2005, 11:35 PM
I've gone to both and public school r0x0rz bizzatch (they taught me to read good)

ys
Apr 12th, 2005, 12:08 AM
It depends. A public school can be better than any private school. Trust me on that.. :lol:

CJ07
Apr 12th, 2005, 12:27 AM
Matt, I went to a Jesuit school. There IS a big difference between that and a Catholic school. We didn't have to wear uniforms, and the atmosphere was very laidback. The school was predominantly Catholic, but other faiths were respected, even embraced.

We did have prayer services twice a year. A few of them were straight-forward religious, some of them were more "new-agey." There was one in particular which ended with a wooden box opening dramatically to unveil.....a disco ball :unsure: It's been 11-1/2 years, and I STILL don't get what that was supposed to mean.
:haha: WTF, a disco ball!?!!? :lol:

Richie77
Apr 12th, 2005, 12:36 AM
:haha: WTF, a disco ball!?!!? :lol:
I could not make that up if I tried ;) I remember that when the disco ball was unveiled, a collective guffaw came up from the students.

After that, we went back to more traditional prayer services ;)

CJ07
Apr 12th, 2005, 12:40 AM
But that just makes no sense! Oh well, now I've heard everything

Richie77
Apr 12th, 2005, 12:45 AM
I don't know what they were going for...the "disco ball" service was first semester of my junior year. One of the services in my sophomore year began with an interpretive dance number: Four girls wearing P.E. outfits doing dances with fans :unsure:

I swear, I am NOT making this up!

Huntress555
Apr 12th, 2005, 01:01 AM
Yea I got to a public school, and i find theres nothing wrong with it... its just as good as a private school, altho our principal i think is trying to turn us into a private school.... ggrr lol but yea :D:D:D WE have good stuff at public schools, like yesterday we went to a morgue thingy and saw and touched dead bodies lol which is the same type of crap private schools do, so we don't miss out or anything...lol:D

CJ07
Apr 12th, 2005, 01:02 AM
Jeez Richie, just where the heck did you go!? :lol:

No but maybe they were trying to be cool or something? They probably thought if they did things the kids could relate to, they would pay attention to the underlying messages in it? I dunno

Richie77
Apr 12th, 2005, 01:09 AM
Jeez Richie, just where the heck did you go!? :lol:

No but maybe they were trying to be cool or something? They probably thought if they did things the kids could relate to, they would pay attention to the underlying messages in it? I dunno
That would be my best guess. In fact, right before the "disco ball" service, we had a fall dance. Guess what the theme was? DISCO. And yes, there was a disco ball hanging down from the middle of our gym lobby. So, maybe they were trying to make the service more "hip" or "cool" or whatever. But I remember talking with some kids later, and we all agreed that it was silly.

I think most of the kids in that school appreciated the more traditional services. Those that were Catholic were pretty serious about practicing their faith, so watching dancing with fans and disco balls isn't something they could relate to.

CJ07
Apr 12th, 2005, 01:12 AM
Yeah, I really like the traditional services, they're very solemn and inspiring. I can't quite see myself getting jiggy in the church dance floor :lol:

Richie77
Apr 12th, 2005, 01:17 AM
:lol:

That's what I respect about Catholicism...there's so much ritual and solemnity to it. You know that those who practice it are faithful, and that's what religion should be about.

PaulieM
Apr 12th, 2005, 01:19 AM
private school, for high school only though,i want my kids to go to the same prep school i did. it's good to get both experiences of public and private school.

ceiling_fan
Apr 12th, 2005, 01:41 AM
i went to a public co-ed school for primary education, and my high school was a private school... i think i'd do the same for my child.

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 12th, 2005, 02:07 AM
I went a private and public schools and both are pretty much same but different environment, of course. I never liked the private (public for UK) school I attend so, my vote gonna for public (private for UK) schools.

JenFan75
Apr 12th, 2005, 07:05 AM
I had the experience of attending a private school and later on public school. I enjoyed public school much better...private school was too snobby and I hated wearing a uniform >.o

Mariangelina
Apr 12th, 2005, 11:28 AM
Well, my experience is sort of between the average public and private school one. Here in Ontario, you don't have to pay to send your child to a Catholic school, they're government-sponsored, but they do make you wear uniforms and they get to force their religion down your throat. Although I disagree with this, there is no question that in my area at least, the Catholic schools do give a far better education, and we have a good 150 (out of 1700 or so) non-Catholic students who come, mostly for that reason. I do not really agree with religion involving many narrow-minded messages about sex, contraception, homophobia, the validity of other religions, and the pervasive influence of secularism being taught in government-sponsored schools, but it's better than the nearest public high school. :eek:

I don't really agree with private schools; I think there are plenty of government-sponsored schools that give a perfectly decent education, you shouldn't count on school to provide all your child's education anyway, and it's important for children to learn to get along with people from all economic backgrounds.