The reputation my school has would make your hairs stand on end, but it has changed in the last 7 years, and it is a great school now, but reputations are hard to lose. Unless you go into a school, you don't know. Myschool has not helped at all. Too much focus on one test on one day.
There's a poster in this thread who once asked me about the school she was in the catchment for. She wanted to send her child out of area because the school had a terrible reputation, I told her not to judge so quickly, and guess what, her catchment school is fantastic. Lucky she didn't just look at myschool and panic or listen to what was being said in the community.
However schools and teachers need to accept that parents need something to assess them with, and will use the tools that are at their disposal... UAI results, NAPLAN, myschool, reputation, history; none of these alone can tell the full tale but they can contribute to a convincing picture.
I wouldn't choose a GP, builder or airline with a terrible reputation, and I'll do my best to choose the correct school before my child is sent off to do the guinea pig work for me.
I'm going well off-track from the OP, so goodbye from me
It all depends on someone's experience.
I've travelled on an airline before that I thought was horrific, yet someone else thought it was the best ever.
Same can apply for a school.
Instead of judging a school on reputation and naplan, it would be better to read the school plan, read the annual report, meet the principal, tour the school etc. Don't just judge on a test. University scores? I guess I've not thought that far ahead, worrying about a school's university entrance score, but I don't worry if my children will go to university or not, that's up to them.
Most private schools have higher university entrance scores, because it is *expected* that their children will go to university, I guess. And study after study have proven that public school students are more successful at university than private school students.
We're far from wealthy but I'll respond to the OP anyway. Our kids will go to a public primary school but a private high school. Simply because the public high schools in our area are not as good as a couple of the (many) private high schools. I'm happy with the reputation though of the public primary schools. It'll mean saving our butts off for the next 10 years but so be it.
I went to a catholic primary and high school but am now agnostic and don't think that type of education is suitable for our kids. DH went to a public primary and high school. Incidentally, his schools were reasonably hard done by in terms of resources etc but he walked out with a scholarship to uni and he and 2 of his school mates are possibly the most intelligent people I know.
I've found it isn't the student make up that is the answer to a good or bad school. It's the staff. My DD has blossomed in this school bc the staff are so dedicated and treat the kids as individuals. ON the flip side I had a few teachers in private that were uninterested, totally uninspiring and one (it ws my year 4 teacher) used to openly mock and bully certain students. Yes a man who went to church every week.
It's frustrating seeing comments like "i send my child private bc education is a priority to me". So it is to me too, I just don't want the religion and believe it's a misnomer that the best education happens in private.
Depends on the actual schools for us. We have avoided the local public schools so much so that our children go to a private school an hour away (we live in the country.) If we lived somewhere with high quality public schools existed we would have no problems sending them there
Just to comment on the real estate aspect that was being discussed ( I'm an agent) I could honestly say over half of my buyers who have kids buy in particular areas because of the good reputation of primary public schools
we have a main road as a cut off from the catchment areas and many buyers won't buy houses on " the other side" as that would mean the kids would have to go to a public primary school with a bad reputation , whereas the one on the other side has a far better one
it's one of the first things buyers request when looking is if their kids can get into which school, we also have even had people doing 6 months leases in one area so they can get their kids into a certain school , then move back into their homes in another area as once the kids are in school they can move them!
I do agree that there are some private schools that are elitist and unattainable. My private school was low fee, $2,000 per year, or $50 per week - a lot less than people would pay for childcare for 5 days. So most people could afford it if they decide that its what they really want, and if we had parents who wanted to enrol their children but struggled financially
to afford the fees, we would help them out as a school.
I don't understand your statement that you 'have to have' private health at your age? It is not a legal requirement, you CHOOSE to use private health, just as I choose to use private education. The government funds private health to an extent - do you think that fundi.g should be.taken away and given to public patients instead? How is it fair that you get better health care because you can afford private health and I can't? Can you see that its the same thing?
I think that we really cannot complain about less funding to private and more to public, when ppublic students already get double what private do. Excludig the mega-rich private schools, you would he suprised to know how much lower-fee private shools really do struggle financially to. I beleive in the importance and value of both public and private education. You seem to be very anti-private, and I think perhaps you have some pre conceived notions about private schools that are incorrect.
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