^^ Yep students can't be expected to perform well in an unstable environment. My good friend joined me at our private school after she spent almost one year in school learning absolutely nothing - the classroom environment was a chaotic nightmare and her teacher called in sick all of the time, resulting in several different sub teachers who read magazines and ignored the kids completely She actually asked her parents if she could change schools.
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14-03-2012 15:38 #31
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14-03-2012 15:39 #32
My husband attended the top private school in Qld, and was one of several hundred in his graduating class; I attended a state high school and was one of 50 or so. Interestingly, we got exactly the same TE score ... I was second in my class, he was 80th or so. He was very involved in extra curricular, and had a million options, I didn't even get to study ancient history over modern history, or journalism or anything similar.
While so many people are keen on small schools, they also have drawbacks, and lack of choice at secondary level is one of them. I think bright, motivated kids will do well in most environments, but its easy for average or less than average kids to slip through the cracks.
We chose a Montessori school for our girls because we liked the Montessori approach to child development; and not because it was private. If true Montessori environments were available in the public system I'd be there in a flash. All the other stuff people seem to like about private schools - uniforms, facilities, even the raft of extra curricular stuff is unimportant to me - I just want my daughters to feel challenged, appreciated, independent and in charge of their own learning, rather than simply spoonfed.
When it comes to secondary school, my daughters will make their own choices based on the directions she wants to pursue.
Is it worth the money? Montessori - yes. Private for the sake of "private" - no. We have half a dozen good local primary schools within 15 minutes drive of my house - two within walking distance - and I'd be happy for them to attend any one of those if Montessori wasn't such clearly superior system of education.
14-03-2012 15:49 #33
But yes, they are all different, these are just the ones on offer in our area, so I disagree that kids can learn anywhere. What happened to my brother is not uncommon, and is a reflection of their home life so I choose not to let my child attend those schools or visit kids who do.
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14-03-2012 16:27 #34
Wow that's bad I do understand why *you* are sending your child private. Based on what you've said I probably would too....
I guess I'm just a fan of public schooling given I'm atheist and think sometimes they get a bad rap.
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14-03-2012 16:32 #35
My dd who is 2.5 is enrolled in a R-12 private school.
We know te reputation of the publi high schools in the area and I wouldn't send my worst enemy there.
14-03-2012 16:38 #36
For us, the public schools around here are really not given enough funding to be up to the standard of education that we want for our children.
It's something that is very important to me, and I want the best for my children. If that changes, and we move somewhere where there is a public school that we don't feel this way about it, then we're not biased, they can go there. We just want the best for them, and right now that is none of the public schools in this area.
14-03-2012 16:41 #37Our family is complete!
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I liked that last year, a few weeks out of the end of the end of the school year when DD1 had grown out of her school shoes she was able to just wear closed in shoes, that happened to be pink and sparkly. She got new, black, school shoes for the beginning of the new year. The public school we're zoned for only allows logo'd clothing so they're all different.
In saying that we picked DD1's school and we ruled some out instantly based on different things...one of those being their zoning area. We ruled two schools out purely based on their zoning area and the type of families these kids would be coming from even though the rep of the schools themselves weren't that bad.
14-03-2012 16:45 #38
I also strongly disagree that kids can learn in any environment.
14-03-2012 16:57 #39
See this is why I love the country yes some things aren't good, but the environment you describe isn't as common out here I believe... that's not to say there are no 'bad' schools in the bush. But overcrowding and drug use is much less.
14-03-2012 17:14 #40Senior Member
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Really it depends I think it's really hard to lump them In to either public/private and have an across the board opinion.For us, dd will be going to a private school. I have her name down at 3 that we have decided we like.If we moved into a different area there are a few public schools I would send her too, but thats unlikely.
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