DH and I are both willing to contribute to DS education and I've had to go back to work to be able to afford it, as the majority of the other parents in his class also have , I do believe as pp said if the funding did stop altogether then yes the school fees would be a lot higher and that would make them more out of reach for most of us, should the budget be looked at and maybe adjusted to help public schools more - absolutely - according to the my school site per student DS gets approx 20% funding from the government and we fund the rest , also I didn't realise, now I'm on the P and F at our school , how much money they do raise for the school , as they do in a lot of public schools
I argue cutting some funding to these elite schools will mean these schools will drop their prices and those funds can be redirected to low SES schools. As you say, swimming pools and massive sound halls don't change performance. You are completely correct the number 1 factor is parental involvement, not so much in direct involvement in the school but being involved in reading, setting goals, helping them with projects etc.
I think when we say 'private school' we do think of the elite top high-fee school. You have to remember there are thousands of kids in low-fee private schools who are on low incomes too. My family of 5 is on a single income of less than 60k. We send our kids to a low fee ($4,000 per year) private school. The reason I send her there is because I am a teacher & have worked in thr local public schools. I've seen the teachers moan in the staff room about how much they hate their jobs & would rather work in a factory than with the sh!tty kids. I've seen the appalling educational standards. I've seen the bullying amongst students, & the teachers turn a blind eye. I've heard the teachers say that their job is mostly just "babysitting the little sh!ts" I'm sure there are high quality public schools with fantastic teachers - but not in my area. That's why I pay for my child to go to a private school, & even though we are not on a high income,we will sacrifice & do what it takes to make it work.
I also taught in a private school (the same one my kids are at) - I would always spend around 4-6k per year of my wage on resources for my classroom. Teachers generally spend their own money on their classroom whether they be private or public.
I don't agree that cutting government funding would mean fees go up. If private schools can't run on donations and fees then they need to take a good look at where their money goes.
That argument grinds my gears (ie that a cut in funding = higher fees and therefore an exodus of students).
ETA just read the above post (sorry cheesecake too many eeeee's to tag you) and I'm talking about schools that are $15k and above a year.
Last edited by Sonja; 12-04-2016 at 08:24.
Are people who are adamant that private schools should receive no govt funding including the local Catholic/Anglican high schools?
Certainly I understand the elite 30K+ a year schools getting less funding but my local Catholic primary school charges $800/term. By cutting funding to these schools, yes, there would be an exodus of kids to the local public schools as parents couldn't absorb the costs.
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