I dont think anyone was criticising anyone else on here for their school choices. I know the discussion went on a number of tangents, but the core issue is about government funding for private schools. No one was asked to defend their choices, as far as I can see. This is definitely a loaded topic, same as when people talk about private hospitals vs public when having a baby (I vote private! so sue me ).
On the topic of selective schools, this makes me question whether its even fair to look at school rankings, since the highest academic achievers will always get into selective schools, and the majority of non-denominational parents would rather have their kids go to a free selective high school that is among the top performing in the country, than pay thousands of dollars for private school. This leaves the rest of the student population which is made up of students who didnt sit for or didn't succeed in placing in a selective school, or who for whatever reason, their parents didnt want to go to a selective school.. Now please correct me if I'm wrong, but private schools (let's say, non-catholic, just for this argument) are also selective with their students. They can only take X-amount of students per year, and I believe they will give preference to students with exceptional grades or who show some form of talent?
Given the above, is it really surprising that private schools often outperform public schools? They are under no obligation to take in children with learning difficulties, and children from low socio-economic backgrounds generally cant afford to attend. My point is, I think the 2 major contributing factors to a student's academic achievements are socio-econimic background and natural intelligence. The fact that a person's parents can afford to send them to a private school is not a crucial factor, and neither is whether the school has beautiful facilities etc.
FWIW, in NSW, out of the top 10 HSC results in 2015, #1-8 were selective and the last 2 were private (ranked #10, was Sydney Grammar School -Darlinghurst; the average school fee parents paid per child was $31291 ).
The top 2 non-selective government schools were Willoughby Girls High School and Killara High School (#51 and #57)
The school with the highest government contribution per child ($27,588 ) was the Conservatorium high school which is a selective creative arts school near Sydney opera house.