I've only read the last few pages... My apologies, will catch up later.
Many thanks to those posters attempting to address the huge amount of misinformation about government funding, one of my bugbears.
To answer the OP, there's a very important thing to recognise about wealthy people: they usually live in wealthy areas, and we know that wealthy public schools usually outperform less wealthy ones. So even those who choose their local public school are making a choice not available to everyone.
This is something I hate about the public system. At least with private I can research, question, choose. With public I get what I'm given based on the area I can afford to live in. The more I spend on real estate, the better my children's education.
Now tell me that's not elitist.
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This has a number of repercussions. Richer area= more voluntary parent funding, less disadvantaged kids= more time spent on teaching rather than making sure kids have had a proper breakfast or are actually turning up to school, teachers will preferentially want to work in the nicer areas as kids will be seen as better behaved= higher quality teachers at the more advantaged schools.
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I'm talking about the perceived "choices" we have, and saying that if you wish to choose where your children go to school you may do so in one of two ways: 1) Pay for private school or; 2) Pay for real estate in the catchment area of your choice. If you can't afford either of these two options, almost all choice is removed.
ETA Further, in relation to the OP, it's a bit simplistic to ask "Who is wealthy but chose public schools?", because those who are wealthy most likely live in an area with good public schools anyway. We know that there are certain public schools that are so sought after that people move to the area just to attend them, and in a sense these are schools that money can't buy. Only real estate can assure you a spot.
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20-04-2012 07:39 #120
Every school has problems, some are more hidden than others.
The only thing that will deter some teachers from disadvantaged areas is performance-based pay. There are and always will be teachers who are passionate about and dedicated to educating disadvantaged children and improving their life chances.
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