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    We're really tossing up. I think it will depend on the schools we look at when that time comes. Myself and my partner were both educated in single sex private/catholic schools and both found it great.

    I've always been of the opinion that a great education should be free in this country and you shouldn't have to pay lots of money for one. I think it really does depend on the area where the school is, and the reputation. I'd also like my children to associate with all walks of life.

    Having said that, i'm pretty sure that we'll choose private. If we are only able to have one child the we'll most likely send them to a private grammar school. If we have two or three kids (unlikely for us being able to) then we'll go for a catholic primary/high school. Sometimes it just comes down to cost, our first baby has cost almost 20k to make, so if we have more, we might not be able to afford a really expensive school.

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    dd will be going to a private school....no questions I have a very strong dislike for any public school close enough for me to consider. The private school I hope she will attend is about a 30min drive in peak hour, and our second choice private school is across the road

    Interestingly enough, she will be going to a Christian school of some description (Catholic, Anglican etc) Will attend the Mosque with her father when he goes, and be raised to understand the Islamic religion (the in-laws are very religious), and at home she will be raised to understand other religions and no-religion/belief and ask questions and in the end to make her own mind up about it all

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    Having not spent much time in the area I had to choose for my child's schooling, we based our decision on:

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    Our child goes to a religious private school (uniting church). they don't do RE as such ATM, however they do have 'chapel' every fortnight, where the chaplain does fun things related to bible stories. And for christmas they are doing the nativity play.

    We are NOT religious at all! however it doesn't bother me that she does this at school.
    People seem to think that their children will become brainwashed christians by learning a few bible stories at school. i don't agree. As long as the school isn't so ridiculous as to teach creationism or anything, kids take these lessons with a grain of salt. i know I did. I went to a catholic primary and anglican high school and let me tell you, I took NONE of the religious stuff seriously. We had fun singing the hymns in chapel but that's it.
    My daughter has come home a few times asking me about bible stories etc and whether they are real. I tell her the truth, sometimes they are based loosely on real stories, other times they are made up stories just like the ones I read to her at home. No problems.

    i'd be just as happy sending her to a Jewish or Muslim school. Again same thing, some stories and people are based on reality (loosely), others are completely made up.

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    I think it depends on the school re how much religion they have. granted this was 20+ years ago, but I attended a catholic school all thru primary and most of high school and we had RE every day. Mass at least once a week, sometimes twice, and were expected to attend on Sunday as well. There was no opportunity to question it, nor even learn about other religions until HSC in Year 11. I actually loved religious studies then, as we explored all the other faiths..... although there was an underlying message they were wrong but this is what they believe.

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    I'm in cruddy situation because I actually can't find a school that suits our needs. For me, it's important that the school has an excellent curriculum, good facilities and programs (music, language, learning support etc) and not too large (smallish classes) with zero religious indoctrination (whether that's a random prayer or bible reading, it's not happening). The schools that offer these qualities in our area are mostly private, so we have to choose one of the secular options and go from there.

    We were looking into Montessori as I liked some aspects of their educational philosophy, however the local Montessori is ridiculously expensive. Steiner was sounding great until I started reading about the anthroposophy aspect... a bit too ladeedah for my liking.

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    I had looked into Montessouri around us and there is one that is too far away... no way would i travel that far! other than that, closer to us it's either a choice of Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran or the public schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    How so? My DS is too young to yet have any beliefs, I would think he'd just not be attending the class because his mum doesn't want him to - just like a lot of the other students (similar to the ones who can't attend school camps etc). sorry, that's not meant as an argumentative way - your post genuinely has me intrigued. I do think in public schools it shouldn't be an option at all, it should be up to parents to teach religion.
    Well marginalised for their lack of beliefs. I don't think my child should be singled out in that manner, but I also won't have my child taught Christianity at school. I remember feeling marginalised in school while being exempted, kids always asked why I couldn't go to the class, or showed me the treats they got, or things they made.

    It didn't make me feel good about myself, as I was already having issues with being 'different' and excluded socially.

    Later in life, I'm glad I didn't go, but as you agree, religion is a parents role to teach, not the public education systems.

    I am supportive of religion being taught in schools from a social sciences perspective for middle school and up.

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    On the topic of religion - I can safely say that our religious educator in primary school (a volunteer from an evangelical Christian group, as they often are) was indoctrinating her students (or at least desperately attempting to) and it is not something I wish my children to be exposed to. Religious instruction does not have a place during school hours in public schools...

    My children will be learning about religion from a secular perspective (both historical and contemporary viewpoints). If it doesn't happen at school, I will teach them at home. They will learn about various religious beliefs (not just Christian) and the associated institutions, impact of religion upon society from an anthropological perspective, economic influences of religion, how religion has affected literature, art and music, the origin of religion, religious symbolism, superstitions, festivals & celebrations, rituals, different terminology (such as piety and prostration etc), positive and negative influences... There's a lot to cover
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    Default Why did you choose public/private for your kids schooling?

    We chose a catholic private school. We are not catholic and there is also a very good primary school a block from us.

    We chose private because they have very current and a good amount of resources. They are tuff on bullying and have a fantastic approach to teaching (all religious stuff beside) we are very happy with our choice.

    We are also happy with our children gaining a religious education so they can form their own opinions on what they believe and are well informed with their choices. Also so they have a good understanding with the many references to religion through conversations, politics, educations, movies, books etc later in life.


 

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