I can only speak about my area and the schools I know, it's probably a different case in different areas.
Regarding sex ed (I was educated in the public system), I found open and honest communication with my Mum (we didn't talk to Dad about this stuff) and my siblings to be the best way to arm me with the information that I needed. Even the public system, which gives you all the info on sti's, contraception methods and reproduction still doesn't teach you how to make a proper decision based on when you're ready for sex and they never could. Sex readiness is NOT a one-size-fits-all and realisitically sex ed isn't on my priorities list when choosing the education of my children. Regardless of how in depth the school is, I will still be making it an ongoing conversation with my children at home.
It's interesting to see people's priorities when it comes to education.
Can't say that sex ed and sports stars are at the top of my priority list for my children's education.
Honestly it depends on the school. I think a lot of people like to have it as a back up if the public school you are in the catchment for isn't so good. I guess it's generally the cheapest private option, and most areas have a nearby catholic school.
It's a funny phenomenon, but I know so many people who baptise their child for the primary reason of having access to catholic schooling. It's a discussion DP and I are having at the moment, he doesn't see it as hypocrital like I do as neither of us are practicing Catholics anymore (I'd go as far as to consider myself an atheist). He justifies it by saying it's part of our heritage.
The best school is the one that suits your individual child be that public or private.
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