I went to a private school, I was pushed and encouraged to apply myself (some thing I needed) I started a uni degree, but have taken time off to have a family. I earn decent money though and enjoy my job all though in sure people would look down on it because or the industry (retail/admin).
if I wasn't at school and mum hadn't called, they would call to ask where I was. They also have a reputation for having very little bullying.
my brothers went to public schools-
one went to a selective high school that suited his talents and interests (hands on, lease academic) and did fine.
Brother 2 just decides not to go to school all the time (he is still at school) public school dosent care. Hopefully he will finish up ok. The school dosent ever communicate with parents apart from a report care at end of term.
He was also bullied a lot during primary school and he and mum were told that's life get over it.
So based on my family experience, and the choice of schools I have local to us, our kids are going private. Dd1 is already in the 3yo kinder programme and is thriving (it's a 3yo montisori proggramme, they wear uniforms).
If we lived in a diffent area then I would consider both public or private.
I don't really care if my kids finish school and decide not to go to uni, it's still money well spent