Private vs Public Schools ....

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Mon, 06-24-2013 - 7:12pm

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Wed, 06-26-2013 - 6:36pm

This is why we homeschool our brood. Because we believe our children's first teacher is their best teacher.

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Tue, 06-25-2013 - 6:34am
Jams, further to the above, sometimes that 25K school is ALSO a better education than what might otherwise be available to a given family, and in places like NY and LA, even Catholic schools often charge a hefty tuition. I know people who deliberately saved on housing, and therefore lived in an area with miserable public schools, because they knew that they wanted their kids in a specific Catholic school that was and remains expensive.
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Tue, 06-25-2013 - 3:59am
Jams wrote: "Some rake in as much as $25,000.00 a year/per kid. That's not a better education, That's an upper ses culture." -------------- OK, and so what? When you send a kid to Catholic school, it is because you want the child taught in a Catholic environment. If you are upper class, you may want your child raised in an upper class culture. What of it? Education is more than the 3 Rs. Class and culture considerations were the main reason why I chose NOT to send my kid to Catholic school. Shrug! Also, many public schools in the US are just as upper crust as the 25K private schools, due to high real estate prices, that are jealously protected by the inhabitants - among other reasons to maintain the class culture in the public school.
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Tue, 06-25-2013 - 3:55am
Jams wrote: "There is no difference b/w private schools and public schools. There is a fundamental difference b/w faith based schools and public however," ----------------- That depends where you are. Here the publics are faith-based, and people sometimes choose private to get away from that. Apart from that, in the US, all faith-based schools are, by definition ALSO private schools.
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Tue, 06-25-2013 - 3:52am
"for me it all comes down to the quality of hot lunch..." -------- An important consideration. One of the very snazzy private schools here in town is known for its excellent, hot, gourmet lunches. It was just about the only thing I really liked about that school.
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Tue, 06-25-2013 - 3:50am
"And given the changing needs of children, a school that was a good fit in the early school years might not suit later on." --------- Exactly! My nephew started out in private school. His parents had put him in the local public, which is fine, but he was not comfortable there and needed more structure, which they found at a private school. Next year he is changing, at his own suggestion, back to public, but a magnet school for music. He was already accepted and has "interned" at the school. He is thrilled, because it is just what he wants.
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Mon, 06-24-2013 - 10:06pm

grapthars_hammer wrote:
<p>I think private schools run the same gamut from excellent to craptastic that public schools do.</p>

This.  The only thing that I would add is that since private schools are privately funded, there are more options available to them concerning ciriculum and such (for example, theology or chapel in a faith based school).

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Mon, 06-24-2013 - 10:05pm

savcal2011 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">jamblessedthree</em> wrote:</div>You really don't know if your children would have thrived without changing them around though.  School has become a kind of retail shop for some families, Some rake in as much as $25,000.00 a year/per kid.  That's not a better education, That's an upper ses culture. &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>But you don't need to change around to know when your kid is NOT thriving.  And while you can't be *sure* that the change will make them thrive, you can be sure that doing nothing won't make them thrive.    It's also very possible that you can analyze and find the factors that are making your. child not thrive, and find a school that does those things differently.</p><p>I'd change schools 100 times if it meant that my child would go from a very poor situation to one where s/he thrived. (again, hyperbole)</p>

I would move heaven and earth (drama there, lol) to find the right fit for my children in education.  I see a difference in changing schools to a poor situation to a thriving one, from just moving areas.  But I think moving areas gives one the opportunity to change that situation based on where one decides to live....wouldn't school district quality be a something to consider when choosing where to live?

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Mon, 06-24-2013 - 10:02pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">bordwithyou</em> wrote:</div>There are many excellent schools, and many poor ones. There is, however, no one school that is right for every child, and I'm glad we've had the freedom to choose among many good options.</blockquote></p><p>You really don't know if your children would have thrived without changing them around though.  School has become a kind of retail shop for some families, Some rake in as much as $25,000.00 a year/per kid.  That's not a better education, That's an upper ses culture. </p>

Unless you look past the price tag and your bias at the details of the school, how on earth do you know that? If Catholic school was your ideal growing up, why aren't your children in Catholic school?

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Mon, 06-24-2013 - 9:59pm

savcal2011 wrote:
<p>GO!</p>

Each are as unique as the person attending...I think there are good and bad for both and lots in between.  One has to do what is right for their child and ignore that crap talk that others might decide to speak based on those choices.  It's all about choices and when you don't have them, it's harder to be open minded with those who do have choices.

As everyone knows because of the constant comments, my kids attend private faith based school.  I'm a product of public school, I think both experiences were good, bad and lots in between.  

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