schoolgatesmum wrote:Spot on katesimons3 - couldn't agree with you more. I think people often forget that only 7% of the population are educated at private school (you would think it was more living round here though!). That's an awful lot of people to offend by writing off the whole of state education from one incident! My children are also state educated (as I was) and will continue to be state educated, even if I win the lottery!
Thanks schoolgatesmum!- was just going to reply similarly and supply the following anecdote. My daughter was in a highly praised private school (in this area- Northcote Road-ish) for 1 year to start, and has been in a very good state school for the past 2 years. Whilst at this 'highly supervised' private school she had some very inappropriate things happen to her during 'nap time' whilst the teacher was in the room (probably very innocent children doing 'doctor' type things- but still was done whilst supposedly being supervised!). Yes, we got apologies and hopefully she's not too damaged, but it happened in a room of 16 kids and 1 teacher, who was busy with her computer.
For financial reasons we switched to a very highly rated state school and, not only has my daugher been happier, but I have continued to see her education thrive. And no dodgy semi-molestation incidents! Nothing against private schools, but IMHO, most certainly not worth 13k/year (x 3 soon as I have younger children)!
Sorry- I might be making the wrong assumption 'Private Schools', but I assume you come from a background privileged enough that you can make that choice without lots of sacrifice. I am a City professional who makes a good earning, as does my husband. However, a child I lived in a caravan. We struggled financially until my single mum (who left my abusive father) could save to buy us a small house. Don't be so naive and out of touch to assume everyone is as privileged as you. And bad things do go on in your precious private schools (not that they're bad)- but maybe you have more ammunition to complain when things don't go as they should.
Don't mean to be a bully, as I think you are well meaning, but as someone who has worked their way up from nothing, I find your position quite narcissistic. Reality check please!