My 3 siblings and I went to catholic primary and high schools.
I'm the only one who has completed a degree.
Sister 1 is very successful in the finance sector and loves what she does, brother owns his own business, also very successful and loves it, and sister 2 works in customer service and it's a means to an end for her, she's never enjoyed any job that she's had.
My husband is so smart (much smarter than me) and went to the local public school and was never pushed by school or his parents to consider uni. I was saying to him yesterday that about 80% of my grade was applying to uni when we finished school so it was just normal to me, whereas at his school it was a pretty big thing to be considering uni.
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12-10-2013 09:16 #11
12-10-2013 09:17 #12
I went to a private school, DH went to a very average public school - we both are successful but he feels he missed out a lot at school, he wishes he went to Uni, he wishes he was pushed more to study, do sport and just generally hated school and is very adamant DS will not go to a public school - we have friends/family with older kids - some at public , some at private - all lovely kids but you can definitely tell the difference in who goes to private schools
I am sending DS to a private school and if he chooses to be a garbage collector then that's perfectly fine with me, as long as he has all the options and facilities available to him , I just want him to be happy - for us, we think this is easier to achieve at a private school ( the public primary/high schools around here are pretty shocking and we have many friends/clients kids who go to the school we are sending DS too)
12-10-2013 09:22 #13
Public School, and year 10 drop out. Admin/Data Processing and will be adventuring into a diploma of counseling.
My sisters went to a semi private high school. 1 is a medical receptionist the other is unemployed.
12-10-2013 09:26 #14
I went to public and year 12 and I am a barista and short order cool. However. My cousin went public. Went to year 12 and is 2ic for hp on New York. I have never really noticed a better schooling for private vs public.
12-10-2013 09:26 #15Senior Member
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Finished grade 12, went straight to UNi and studied Bachelor of Early Childhood. Became a teacher which I love!!
12-10-2013 09:30 #16
I went to a public high school with a not so good reputation and my sister went to a pretty exclusive private school, before becoming a SAHM I was working for Telstra and managed to work my way up to quite a high position despite my young age and earn't more than my parents combined income as well as receiving many opportunities to further my skills, I left to pursue a career in child care as I prefer doing something I love for work.
My sister did vocational studies at her school and a traineeship within the schools office in administration. Since finishing high school she has only had junior retail positions.
Success is all about taking the opportunities you are presented with for me it's had nothing to do with high school (I only have a year 10 cert as I never finished grade 12) and more to do with how motivated I am in the work place
12-10-2013 09:43 #17Senior Member
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My 2 brothers and I both went to one of the crappest public schools in our state. They both went on to complete apprenticeships and are both well respected and well paid. I ended up as a vet working for the government but I think that if I wasn't as smart as I am (that sounds up myself I know) then I wouldn't have got the marks I needed to get in.
DH went to a rural P-12 and very much fell through the cracks and left school unable to read. SIL went to the same school and is about to complete an accounting degree.
I think public school is generally ok but if you have a kid that wants to do something that needs high grades to get into and they aren't already a top achiever they may need the extra support if a private school.
12-10-2013 09:48 #18Senior Member
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Both my dh and I went to.public schools. 1000km apart and 8 years apart we both went to uni and graduated. Dh has 2 degrees in accounting and economics. Me in health science. I think by high school if your kid is academic and wants to.learn they will in any school. Dd goes to.private only because we didnt get a good feeling from local primary schools. We will look at this again when high school comes around. Depending on her and what the schools offer.
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12-10-2013 09:50 #19
I went to public primary to public secondary and my parents switched me to a private boarding school for my final two years. I didn't go to uni and am a stay at home mum and a mother of two at 21. DH went public primary and public secondary in a small rural town and has two degrees and many construction quals. Currently in a supervisor position as a scaffolder in the mines.
I don't really think it matters which school system you go through more whether or not your child is going to use it to their advantage and how willing they are to learn.
Me + DH = DS and DD
12-10-2013 09:51 #20
Years 8 & 9 at a public school with a pretty bad reputation. Years 10-12 at a specialised public school.
I'm a qualified high school teacher. I've done a few years of relief teaching (by choice, wanted the flexibility), and am currently at home with my daughter. I'll probably go back to teaching, but would like to get into something of more interest to me.
I think the perceived divide between public and private schools is ridiculous. Firstly, schooling isn't necessarily going to make a big difference to someone's life. Where it does, there are so many more factors than whether a school is public/private, or whether it has a good reputation. I think the most important thing is that the school community is a good fit for the student.
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