(Original post by one2three_abc)
Even though private schools contribute to the wider community. My school allows the use of sports facilities for other schools, the campus is used for Kings Camps, some teachers go to primary schools and teach them in a 'fun' way, other teachers have lectures available to people from out of the school, we raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity every year.
Not to mention the fact that parents of privately educated children are paying twice, for their own child and for another child who goes to a state school. They could be greedy and take their guaranteed place at a state school, or go to a grammar school, but instead they vacate the place by going to a private school, which incidently requires the child to obtain better results than in the 11+ test to get in...so it's the clever kids whose parents have enough money or are willing to sacrifice to give their children what is essentially a better education. And the school provides full scholarships for less wealthy people who couldn't afford to pay the school fees but are clever enough to get a place.
At the end of the day private schools provide, on average, a better education, whatever way you spin it. Everyone pays for their education, some people just pay twice.
I'm sorry, but I'm really not buying this whole idea of parents of privately educated students 'paying twice'. I think it's rather offensive and naive to suggest that these parents are doing state-schoolers a great favour by giving their children an advantage through a (most likely) better education than mine as a state-schooler. I agree with the general idea you have, saying that a place at a private school paid for by a family who can afford it frees up one for a state-schooler. Yes. I also think this obviously applies to State/private healthcare also.
I also understand from what others have said on this thread that private schools clearly do not always live up to their stereotypical image, and that they do fund many students' education through bursaries, scholarships, and more. However, there is a large handful of extremely bright individuals from my school year - but I doubt any of us would really consider to apply for a scholarship at one of the private schools in our town. OK, you could say it is our fault for not taking the initiative if we're interested in going to them, but you also have to see that if you come from an average state school and from an average-income background that private school never really comes into consideration for you. It's just never really seen as the 'norm'. This makes me really angry.
'Some people just pay twice'. Hmm. I would be careful what you say!
Just as a final point, I am not entirely against private schooling yet I AM against the sense of inequality it does give society. Although I do agree that if people have worked hard for their money they should be free to spend it as they wish (within reason, obviously...).
When first considering applying to Oxbridge, I felt inferior at times because of the educational backgrounds other applicants would have which would be advantageous over mine. But thankfully there is a lot of encouragement for people from all backgrounds to apply
which is of course greatly positive.
Although I have to say that pictures of private schools...the typical perfectly mowed lawns and beautiful, picturesque settings with old buildings does make me feel inferior coming from my state school background. This makes me sad also but I guess it is life!
Finally, I agree with all of those who say State education needs to be improved. However I think it is more at a lower level, such as having stricter attitudes to discipline; which could have a much greater effect than any new policy introduced.
Sorry for rant, but I had a lot to say!!
EDIT: Apologies to the person I quoted if I sound really angry!! Just felt empassioned by this debate, haha. I suppose it is easy to misinterpret the first point of yours I highlighted...