Public vs. Private

  • and oh it's a shame

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    I don't think it really matters, does it?
    It's still education, right?
    I don't know, really. Maybe I'm biased. Haha.
    I think it's more an issue of the quality of the education.
    As I mentioned before, the teachers at my school went on strike because they were reaching for a raise.
    That meant that they couldn't help us during afterschool hours.
    They have to lay off a lot of teachers too, and move them because of seniority issues.
    They were not going to turn on the air conditioning in the school the last few weeks, but were forced to because a girl fainted.
    June 26th, 2008 at 02:29am
  • The Brightside

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    I don't think it really matters, does it?
    It's still education, right?
    I don't know, really. Maybe I'm biased. Haha.
    Well, it does matter... the quality in education for one. With private schools you're paying to send your kids there, so obviously there's the expectation that it will be better and more beneficial to your child. Public schooling gives everybody the chance at an education, which is important in my opinion.
    June 26th, 2008 at 02:01pm
  • veronika

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    I go to a private school =)

    I like it - you don;'t have to worry about what people think if your clothes because of the uniform, the education is pretty good, and the food is ok.

    The things I don't like are that you're not allowed to dye your hair unnatural colous, or have piercings/tattoos etc. And my school is all girls. But that's ok, because the boys school is just across the road ;) And because it's all girls, we're free to talk about what we want (including guys), and act how we want, without having to worry about guys. :XD
    Your school sounds exactly what my (old) highschool was like (I've graduated). Except mine was a Public School.

    As a general statement: not all Public Schools are lax about things like hair dying, piercings etc. And here in Australia I would safely say that most, if not all, Public Schools have uniforms.
    June 27th, 2008 at 02:56am
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    Your school sounds exactly what my (old) highschool was like (I've graduated). Except mine was a Public School.

    As a general statement: not all Public Schools are lax about things like hair dying, piercings etc. And here in Australia I would safely say that most, if not all, Public Schools have uniforms.
    My school, [I go to public] is pretty lax with hair and piercings and uniform, and I'm in australia.
    I mean, even some of the teachers have piercings. :/
    I rarely go in uniform and the teachers just don't care.
    I don't know, it's probably just my school.

    But, we have a private school just near us, and we've had an influx of people from there to our school in the last six months, and I've noticed, they're usually in advanced classes. :/
    June 27th, 2008 at 10:27am
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    ^It probably depends on the school and the area now that I think about it. The area my school was in was in the Eastern suburbs, which is considered to be quite a "snobby" area, so that might be why the uniform thing was amped up.
    June 27th, 2008 at 03:33pm
  • Darn It Kelly.

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    From What I've heard:

    _______________Private schools
    Good: Private Schools allow kids to focus on their goals.
    Bad: There is a lot more bullying
    Good: It is less crowded
    Bad: Some schools are too strict on their kids.

    Personally I go to a public school and it's way over crowded. Our school has over 800 kids and it was only built for 200. You can barely move through the hallways, the teachers have to go to every student and sometimes some students don't get the attention they need, etc. I think that despite it being strict private schools are better.
    June 29th, 2008 at 09:55am
  • ChemicallyImbalanced

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    Carnivalee Freakshow:
    From What I've heard:

    _______________Private schools
    Good: Private Schools allow kids to focus on their goals.
    Bad: There is a lot more bullying
    Good: It is less crowded
    Bad: Some schools are too strict on their kids.

    Personally I go to a public school and it's way over crowded. Our school has over 800 kids and it was only built for 200. You can barely move through the hallways, the teachers have to go to every student and sometimes some students don't get the attention they need, etc. I think that despite it being strict private schools are better.
    My brother goes to a public school and I go to a private school. They have alot more punch ups and such but we have more bitchiness. Our school has over 1000 people and my brothers only has about 700 with heaps of extra space. I guess it really depends on which Public and Private school you go.
    June 29th, 2008 at 10:05am
  • Moira Regina

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    It all depends where you live. In Florida, private schools dominate. Public schools are crowded, they started doing this thing where they bused kids by district because kids put down different addresses , and we had so much violence that a mere whisper had half the kids stay home. Private schools do deal with drama like violence [Florida schools are way too close], but the education and the benefits outweigh everything else. Discipline varies on the school, but I went to a private school that wasn't too strict. It all depends how your state education system is.
    July 3rd, 2008 at 05:31am
  • HerFamousLastWords

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    I think there are good and bad points to each. I go to public school, and it's actually not that bad. We have enough funding and space right now that we don't really have issues with any of that stuff.
    However, I would much rather go to private school because my school doesn't offer any AP classes. In my area, private schools tend to give students a better education. Though I wouldn't be too keen on the religion or the uniforms.
    July 4th, 2008 at 02:16am
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    The whole Private Versus Public seems very different from all your stories, compared to my city.
    We have one private school.
    Catholic schools aren't considered Private, but Separate. The only difference is in the Separate System/Catholic schools they have religion studies and such.
    Our schools aren't overcrowded either, as we have many schools in our small city. So many so, that they are closing down schools that are too small.

    For me, it is strange to see how big of a deal it can be.
    July 5th, 2008 at 11:26pm
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    libbey crocodile.:
    The whole Private Versus Public seems very different from all your stories, compared to my city.
    We have one private school.
    Catholic schools aren't considered Private, but Separate. The only difference is in the Separate System/Catholic schools they have religion studies and such.
    Our schools aren't overcrowded either, as we have many schools in our small city. So many so, that they are closing down schools that are too small.

    For me, it is strange to see how big of a deal it can be.
    That kind of blows my mind a bit.
    :XD
    Cause in my town, we have one high school.
    With thousands of kids.
    It' crazy.
    The place looks like a college campus, it's so big.
    July 6th, 2008 at 03:24am
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    lizz beth:
    libbey crocodile.:
    The whole Private Versus Public seems very different from all your stories, compared to my city.
    We have one private school.
    Catholic schools aren't considered Private, but Separate. The only difference is in the Separate System/Catholic schools they have religion studies and such.
    Our schools aren't overcrowded either, as we have many schools in our small city. So many so, that they are closing down schools that are too small.

    For me, it is strange to see how big of a deal it can be.
    That kind of blows my mind a bit.
    :XD
    Cause in my town, we have one high school.
    With thousands of kids.
    It' crazy.
    The place looks like a college campus, it's so big.
    We have at least one public school in each suburb. And they all pretty much rival each other.
    July 6th, 2008 at 03:44am
  • Frankie007

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    I go to a semi-private-public school. So we're all catholic and uniforms and stuff, but we still have non-catholocs attending. That way we get the governments funding, and still have to look posh. Woo.

    No, but seriously. My school is one of the posher schools in my area, and on the bus we get pushed to the front, called names sometimes, and the public kids just think they're cooler then us or something.

    But whatever. We kind of just get over it and stick together. (: most of the times we hate our uniform, because in the winter we have to wear knee-length skirts, tights, shirts, ties, jumper and a blazer. It's basicly the only bad thing about it.

    We have fantastic facilitys, pretty good teachers, and all that stuff. But what I'd like to know is whether we're getting a better education or not.

    Our school is pretty big in comparison to other local schools because we have about 1,600 people, two campuses and a corridor for each year level and stuff.
    July 13th, 2008 at 01:44pm
  • marieway

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    I can't speak for the US, but I know that lots of private schools in Europe aren't religion-based.

    I, for one, go to an International school. It's a private school, but it's not religion based at all. We have students and teachers from all over the world, and we hardly teach religion at all because we learn to accept people from different religions and cultures.

    I used to go to a public school in Norway, and I honestly like the private school better.
    It's a lot more work and there's a stricter school system, but it was difficult in public school; always having to worry about funding of text books and such. Now it's pretty simple; as long as we return the textbooks at the end of the year, we won't have to pay, and everyone will always get one.

    We also don't have school uniforms. It's sort of not even been an issue at the school. It's been discussed, but the general idea is that people will be more open-minded if they are exposed to differences from day one, instead of being taught that everyone looks the same. If that makes any sense at all.

    Anyway, yeah. I like the private school I go to, especially because it's not religion-based and doesn't have school uniforms. I think that's a very cliché misconception about private schools. We have a lot of contact with other private and international schools through sports and such, and I only know of a handful of international schools in Europe (not including the UK), that have school uniforms.
    July 22nd, 2008 at 06:53pm
  • and oh it's a shame

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    xoxo. Marie:
    I can't speak for the US, but I know that lots of private schools in Europe aren't religion-based.

    I, for one, go to an International school. It's a private school, but it's not religion based at all. We have students and teachers from all over the world, and we hardly teach religion at all because we learn to accept people from different religions and cultures.

    I used to go to a public school in Norway, and I honestly like the private school better.
    It's a lot more work and there's a stricter school system, but it was difficult in public school; always having to worry about funding of text books and such. Now it's pretty simple; as long as we return the textbooks at the end of the year, we won't have to pay, and everyone will always get one.

    We also don't have school uniforms. It's sort of not even been an issue at the school. It's been discussed, but the general idea is that people will be more open-minded if they are exposed to differences from day one, instead of being taught that everyone looks the same. If that makes any sense at all.

    Anyway, yeah. I like the private school I go to, especially because it's not religion-based and doesn't have school uniforms. I think that's a very cliché misconception about private schools. We have a lot of contact with other private and international schools through sports and such, and I only know of a handful of international schools in Europe (not including the UK), that have school uniforms.
    It's not so much a misconception in the US, because most private schools that I've seen are religiously based and have strict uniform policies.
    Especially the all girl schools.
    July 22nd, 2008 at 07:08pm
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    Grasping At Pearls:
    It's not so much a misconception in the US, because most private schools that I've seen are religiously based and have strict uniform policies.
    Especially the all girl schools.
    Oh yeah, true. I meant like... in general. Because outside of the US and the UK it seems to be less so.
    July 22nd, 2008 at 07:16pm
  • FueledByAmy

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    You're supplied with textbooks?
    I go to a private school and we have to buy our own.
    Sorry I didn't reply earlier, I hadn't checked the thread.
    Yeah, we are supplied with them. But we are charged for the usage of them which isn't a lot, and it's included in the fees.
    But if we lose/damage them, we have to pay for a brand new book. And they are very expensive, and we get a lot of them...
    July 23rd, 2008 at 09:47am
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    Frankie007:
    I go to a semi-private-public school. So we're all catholic and uniforms and stuff, but we still have non-catholocs attending. That way we get the governments funding, and still have to look posh. Woo.
    I've never heard of a religious-based private school where the students must be that religion... :|

    I go to a private Episcopalian school, but I'm Catholic. Actually, a bunch of kids there are Catholic--or any other religion.
    But anyway, my school seems much like yours. Apparently, we're like, the school to go to in this city, but it's quite difficult to get in. We have a strict uniform policy and all that, but, come to think of it, most schools around here do. A staggering number of kids in my city go to a private school. >.>

    A lot of other schools have the impression that we're all snobby rich kids. But whatever. Every school here has a stereotype that goes with it.

    But I love my school with all my heart. <3
    July 23rd, 2008 at 09:50pm
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    ^ If public schools were better funded by the government, then you wouldn't need to worry bout the textbook issue! *sigh*

    I go to a private school, and they are soooo stingy with textbooks. I don't understand it. They have all of this bloody money, and then they never buy anything new that we need. Meh.
    You're supplied with textbooks?
    I go to a private school and we have to buy our own.
    Private schools actually get more government funding than public ones here. Sure, the textbooks are free (some students couldn't afford them otherwise), but they're not really much to envy. They're usually ten years old, and even the cost those puts a significant strain on the tight public budget.

    Public schools in Australia are usually run-down and overcrowded, with not enough desks, old equipment, etc. Private schools here get more funding from the goverment (most of the senators' children go there), as well as having the funding from parents' fees and Church donations. Thus, public schools are in a worse state and anyone who can afford to avoids them- a larger percentage of kids end up in the private schools, who then get even more funding, and the cycle continues. Truly, it sucks to be poor.
    July 24th, 2008 at 01:45am
  • Kmart.

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    Private schools usually have a better curriculum, and they can make up their own curriculum. I hate public schools, mainly because I don't fit in very well and stuff, but my parents can't afford private anymore.

    I honestly would love to go to a boarding school. My friend in california is going to one, and their isn't even uniforms or anything. It's like a private/boarding school that doesn't have a uniform at all! I wanna go there but it's like $40,000 per year...
    July 29th, 2008 at 07:57pm