Post # 47
I think public schools are great- I went to public school K-12 and also for college. I really think it depends on the individual school and especially the teachers- there are great public schools, terrible public schools, great private schools, and terrible private schools.
I attended a rural, public high school (READ: not a top school district by any means). We may not have had an IB program, but we had a tractor maintenance class and a school farm! I took the most rigorous course load possible at my school- I took every AP class my school offered and even took an independent study course (paid for by my school). I had some great teachers- my French teacher held class over summers so that we could improve and she let me break away from the class and learn independently so I progress at a faster pace. I was competitive applicant for colleges and ended up going to UCLA. (GO Bruins!) Unless the public school in your area is incredibly bad, I think private school is a waste of money.
I was always in the GATE program (Gifted and Talented Education Program- that’s what they call it in CA but I think all states have some version of it) so I was always put into classes and activities above my grade level where I was academically- but that’s only offered for the kids at the very top. If you are an average student, you aren’t going to have access to these special services, so it very much depends on the student.
I’m not sure if you are talking about public v. private for K-12 or also college, but I’ll add that I also think private universities are a waste of money, personally. For example, UCLA’s cost of in-state tuition is $12,696 and USC’s cost of tuition is $46,298. They are TIED in the rankings for US News World & Reports- why pay more than 3 times the price for the same thing? I’ll admit that when I started law school, I was nervous about competing academically against students who had a private education their entire lives, but when it came down to it, it really didn’t matter.
Post # 48
Wow…that’s awful. At least we know what the stupid tests will look like. Standardized testing is a whole other problem, of course. UGH. So disheartened.
Post # 49
+1000 for LI Catholic schools. It blows my mind that people spend so much on property taxes to have great public schools and send their kids to the shittier quality Catholic schools. It’s not like LI has the equivalent of an Exter or Andover, the public schools are lightyears better than Catholic/private.
Post # 50
As someone who attended public school K-12, I would prefer my children attend private schools, especially for high school. We received very little in terms of critical thinking skills and college prep. My spring semester of Senior year, I was in journalism, ceramics, economics, and photography. It was not at all challenging, but there was no one encouraging me to follow a more rigorous college-prep track (which was lackluster at best).
Most of my college classmates who went to private schools had more advanced research, math, science, and critical thinking skills. They were also more efficient when it came to studying and writing papers. I feel they were much better prepared.
Post # 51
I definitely think an excellent private school is much better for high school. For the other grades, though, public school is fine. However, a private school that is NOT excellent, but just charges tons of money? NOT okay!!
Post # 52
I could spend a long time typing an answer, but instead I will say this: there is a reason why state schools in the area I grew up in averaged around 60%+ of pupils getting five A*-C grades at GCSE, whereas the private schools averaged 90%+ getting seven A*-C grades.
I went to both private and public. My kids are definitely, definitely going private if I can afford it, even if we have to remortgage the house.
Post # 53
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Public School all the way. I’m a teacher… bullying happens EVERYWHERE regardless of where you send your kid.