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    (Original post by Iron Lady)
    After experiencing both private and state educations, I can assure you that in state schools inverted snobbery is horrid. I dislike snobbery just as much but I find it very hypocritical when students from poorer backgrounds begrudge others simply due to the family they were born in.
    It's not just snobbery, inverted or otherwise, that children of all classes are guilty of. I experienced all kinds of ignorant prejudices at school, hopefully it's something people will grow out of with time and education.

    I don't think the right response to inverse snobbery is to put your kids into a private school. The worst thing for middle class kids to do is crowd together in private schools and shut themselves off from the working class kids. That sort of separation causes both normal and reverse snobbery in the first place!
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    Not if there was a perfectly adequate state school nearby.
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    (Original post by Iron Lady)
    We've had a misunderstanding, I meant the students in the state school, not any state school rivalry that some TV shows portray! My point was that there are different backgrounds in state schools which can be beneficial but it can backfire.



    By 'rough' I mean aggressive, mouthy, loud and so on.
    Ah right I see what you mean now.
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    No as if they're good enough then they'll succeed.


    (Hoping this will be the case for me, anyway)...
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    No.
    Grammer.
    If no grammer, private.
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    I have been to both private and state schools and to be honest, I prefer the state school. People in state schools are actually coming out with the same grades as people in private schools
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    I definitely would. Not all privately schooled kids turn out to be "snobs". That's just a stereotype. I went to public schools (that's what we call non-private schools. I am not sure if this is right terminology here in the U.K. Do you guys call them state schools?) all the way until the first year of high school and then switched to a private school for the last few years of secondary schooling. I found the teachers at my last high school to be so much more dedicated to teaching and well - trained than the ones who taught me in public schools. I also witnessed less harrassment witin the student population and found the atmosphere in classrooms to be friendly and generally pleasant. Being part of the school "family" also helped with my personal development. I geniunely think I walked out more self assured and less timid that I was before.
    In saything that, not all private schools are the same. Neither are all public schools. If I can find a public school with great reputation and if my kid is smart enough to get in (probably not if she/he inherits mama's genes), I'll send him/her there. Afterall, all we want is the best for our [hypothetical] kiddies.
    Another thing: I also feel like I was more sheltered at a private school. I sat my exams in the IB, not with our local qualification. In retrospect, the local qualification seems to be more rigorous/competitive and would've probably prepared me better for uni.
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    Unless the schools in the area were crap, then no.
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    (Original post by Arrhythmia)
    I definitely would. Not all privately schooled kids turn out to be "snobs". That's just a stereotype. I went to public schools (that's what we call non-private schools. I am not sure if this is right terminology here in the U.K. Do you guys call them state schools?) all the way until the first year of high school and then switched to a private school for the last few years of secondary schooling. I found the teachers at my last high school to be so much more dedicated to teaching and well - trained than the ones who taught me in public schools. I also witnessed less harrassment witin the student population and found the atmosphere in classrooms to be friendly and generally pleasant. Being part of the school "family" also helped with my personal development. I geniunely think I walked out more self assured and less timid that I was before.
    In saything that, not all private schools are the same. Neither are all public schools. If I can find a public school with great reputation and if my kid is smart enough to get in (probably not if she/he inherits mama's genes), I'll send him/her there. Afterall, all we want is the best for our [hypothetical] kiddies.
    Another thing: I also feel like I was more sheltered at a private school. I sat my exams in the IB, not with our local qualification. In retrospect, the local qualification seems to be more rigorous/competitive and would've probably prepared me better for uni.
    private schools are called both private public here in the UK state run schools are just called state schools
    where are you from, if you dont mind me asking ?
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    Well in general yes but it depends on the reputation of the schools where you live, as well as the personality of the child, i.e. the more of a risk-taker they are, the more preferable a cosseted education will be, and the more prissy they are, the more preferable a rough and ready education will be.
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    (Original post by cl_steele)
    private schools are called both private public here in the UK state run schools are just called state schools
    where are you from, if you dont mind me asking ?
    Ooo I recognise your flag. I am from the same place you are from. GO KIWIS.
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    (Original post by Arrhythmia)
    Ooo I recognise your flag. I am from the same place you are from. GO KIWIS.
    ah excellent, its about time I ran into a fellow Kiwi on here, many Brits, Americans, Indians and Europeans but no New Zealanders North or South island ?
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    (Original post by cl_steele)
    ah excellent, its about time I ran into a fellow Kiwi on here, many Brits, Americans, Indians and Europeans but no New Zealanders North or South island ?
    North Island You?
    I miss home so much!!! As much as I enjoy going to uni here, I can't wait until my degree finishes so I can pack my bags and run back home.
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    (Original post by Arrhythmia)
    North Island You?
    I miss home so much!!! As much as I enjoy going to uni here, I can't wait until my degree finishes so I can pack my bags and run back home.
    yar North Island town called Waipawa in the Hawkes Bay area
    aha touche :P i miss New Zealand havent been there in so long since the parents moved to Britain :/

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