Depends on area u live in. If I lived in an area that had good public schools in my catchment- I would send then there. Unfortunately we are in a new estate and the two local state schools have atrocious reputations and I would never send my kids there so would have to look private but would also want a non denominational one. I work in one so would hope to send them there if u had girls ... Unless an amazing state schools gets built near us in the meantime
Also I've always said I would love to send my kids private BUT save some of the $$ I could have used for private and pay for their university education up front for them (if they choose this path) because HECS debt really sucks!!!
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21-04-2012 07:39 #191Senior Member
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21-04-2012 07:43 #192
Don't most people with kids in full time daycare pay $10-16k a year in fees ? I'm pretty sure most are not wealthy
as I mentioned I have friends working 2 jobs and others that are definitely not wealthy sending their kids to what some would classify as elitist schools , we all went to private schools for our whole school lives and my parents were definitely not wealthy
we started a savings plan for our DS when he was born and he won't start kindy until 2016, it will be a big financial strain for us and I will have to go back to work to afford it
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21-04-2012 07:47 #193
I will send my kids to the best school that I can, whether it's private or public. I've been in both systems and have had friends teaching in both a lot of private school teachers that I've spoken to say that they want their kids in a public school.
I think a lot of people make assumptions that private schools are better without actually researching the school itself. More money doesn't always indicate a better education.
21-04-2012 08:02 #194
Our local little catholic school charges 2.5k per year. That's well below what it costs them to educate the student, so I have no issue with their funding. It's 2.5k less that the govt is funding if they went public. But when a school is charging well above what it costs (so therefore there is a substantial profit) and expects the same funding as our local catholic, l then I don't agree with that.
This really isn't an attack against the rich. It's just economic sense. The funding simply isn't needed. Now if PLC suddenly dropped it's fees way below the education cost per student, then we would be having a different discussion
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21-04-2012 08:07 #195
21-04-2012 08:37 #196
Take another child whose parents decide instead to spend that money entirely on school fees, use the school's pool and other amenities and programs. Under your scheme that child receives no government funding, but their parents are potentially spending the same amount of money on their education as the first child.
How is that fair? And who are you to dictate the ways in which people juggle these things?
If the government funding to private schools was going toward profits, I would support your case. But it isn't, it is going towards the base level of the students' education. If parents decide that they want to pay extra for nice buildings and swimming pools then that's their business, but that base level of education should be funded for everyone.
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21-04-2012 08:44 #197
21-04-2012 08:47 #198
I don't have any power to dictate anything. I'm simply responding to the questions of the OP and further discussion of others as you are. We just see it differently. You think it's unfair for large private schools to not get govt funding. I think it's unfair that money yet again gets you a better life from a school that doesn't need the funding to begin with. I guess we are never going to agree and that's fine
21-04-2012 08:56 #199
21-04-2012 08:56 #200
and I wanted to add before I go about my day, that the anger should be directed at the school for charging you so much. If you hypothetically pay 13k a year, the school gets 2k profit from your child after expenses. If your fees were dropped to say 9k, you would pay 4k less, and I would support the school getting 2k per student to make up the shortfall.
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