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Are Private Schools Worth The Investment

Where I work we have several clients who believe that the only way to a good is by paying to go private regardless of whether they can afford it or not. Some of these guys seem to spend all their time scrabbling around for to pay fees while going without in every other area of their . To me this seems like complete insanity, the public system is pretty decent here in the United Kingdom and I think putting financial pressure on yourself for no good reason can only ever be a bad thing. Now I have no problem at all with those who can afford private schools, spending their money on what they see as a better education for their , but if you have not got the money I don't see the point in putting yourself through hell to pay the fees and piling pressure on your children because you paid for them to go to a posh school. What do you guys think, are private schools really worth the money?

Yes Private Schools Are The Only Way To Go

2 votes / 28% 2 votes / 28 %

No Save The Cash And Enjoy Life With Your Family

3 votes / 42% 3 votes / 42 %

I Have No View On This One Sorry, Its A Personal Choise

2 votes / 28% 2 votes / 28 %
This poll has received 7 vote(s) so far.

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VinceSummers wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:21 AM

I don't think private schools are worth it. I think HOME schooling is worth it.

mrtoffee wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:29 AM

To be honest I know very little about home schooling vinceSummers as it is something that does not really happen here in the UK.

mrtoffee wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:30 AM

If I had have thought I would have added home schooling to the options, such a shame we can't change polls emoticon :smile:

VinceSummers wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:38 AM

Private schooling where you live -may- be worth it. In the U.S., I don't believe it is.

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:44 AM

I think it's not about the education that's handed out - it's about the contacts they make there. These people stick together, so it can be easier to get a better job sooner - and to "rise through the ranks" based on that early start and contacts.

Kat- wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:51 AM

I think it's a personal choice. Both of my older children went through public school, my youngest has been in online learning for 4 years now. We find it fits much better than public did and I don't think private would have been able to address his issues of being bored while having to wait while everyone caught up, plus we didn't have the money for private school. I also think private school can have the same social issues (bullying and such) but it's just not made public.

WordChazer wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:57 AM

I was privately educated, my husband was at a state school (and his mum made a career as a state school teacher and head). The standard of education - as in learning - was better at my school but there was no attempt to teach life skills or practical things like cooking or simple DIY at either. Today's kids need to learn financial budgeting, cookery, housework, business etiquette and correspondence as well as parenting skills, mainly because as has been previously agreed on these pages, parents no longer think it's their responsibility to provide any of that guidance themselves.

MsBiz wrote on January 23, 2015, 10:28 AM

I think it has to do with personal choice, the character and needs of the child, and the quality of schools in the area. My husband and I pay $380 a month for my stepdaughter to go to school two days per week. She's homeschooled the other three days and we have the full curriculum included in the tuition. For us, it's worth it because we can afford that without any significant financial strain. Public schools aren't a choice anymore because the academics are abysmal. Likewise, complete homeschooling want to work for her because she needs the socialization. Next year we're probably going to put her in this private school full-time. That's going to be about $500 per month, but the investment in her future is worth it and hopefully, her mother will start fulfilling her child support obligations, which will take some of the financial pressure off.

MsBiz wrote on January 23, 2015, 10:31 AM

My husband and I have a similar situation: he went to private schools and I went to public school. All in all, I would say that we ended up with about the same quality of education. That said, we didn't grow up in the same area and I think the public schools where I lived were better than the ones here.

VinceSummers wrote on January 23, 2015, 12:07 PM

Therein lies the difference with me. I am part of a large socially active group, quite a few of whom home-schooled. We had all kinds of trips to the potter, the bee-keeper, etc., etc. And nature hikes, etc.

lucyluuk wrote on January 23, 2015, 3:15 PM

I live in Winchester and attended a public school here in the city and the year our GCSE results came out we (as a year group) actually received more A to A* grades than Winchester College (private boys school or the poor man's Eton!) and came just below the all girls private school (the all girls school beating the all boys school just to prove girls are better than boys!) personally I did not contribute to that my grades were all Bs and Cs lol I sometimes think there is too much pressure on children going to private schools especially if their parents do struggle to pay for it.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:03 PM

I did not vote for any of the choices above. I would have liked to see an "It Depends" option. Whether a private school is worth it does depend completely on the school itself and parents should investigate thoroughly before selecting one if that's the route they want to take. Our sons attended Catholic School through 8th grade and then transferred to the public high school closest to our home. Seeing as they graduated and in their respective classes and both were accepted at a Division 1 school, we think their private school education served them well.

inertia4 wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:16 PM

mrtoffee I think private schools are not worth the money at all. The kids get the same education from public school. Save the money.

mrtoffee wrote on January 24, 2015, 4:34 AM

This poll has turned out be very interesting with lots of great comments in favour of both sides, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to vote and comment, I really appreciate emoticon :smile: