(Original post by horsecrazy)
Obviously everyone has to do some work to pass exams - in my opinion though people at state schools arent expected do well and are given less help from teachers and have to work harder than perhaps some of those who are at private schools. All teachers and schools can't be grouped together and I'm sure there are some awful teachers in private schools - but from my experience it seems privately educated people are given more help.
didnt you say you'd never been to a private school?
why the assumptions then? (most of which are inaccurate or just false)
having gone to a state grammar school and a private school i know the difference and advantages and disadvantages of each. here follows MY experience.
my state school had 1000 pupils, and got millions from the government each year. had its nice sports centre, a technology centre, IT department, canteen, public transport to the off site grass pitches, generally decent teachers, all very nice.
the private school i left the grammar school for had no canteen, no pitches, no IT at all, no government funding, we didnt even have textbooks. it was a small school, about 250 pupils. all the money came from their parents and, as the school wasnt just for the rich and posh among us, the money didnt really stretch. we walked the mile to the leisure centre to do our sports, which we payed for obviously. we didnt get transport.
the teachers at some points got payed less than £100/week (thats less than half you clowns get for a few nights in tesco), and never got anything close to state school pay, and one of them even lived in one of the spare rooms in the house that was that part of the school because he had no spouse to share costs with. wonder how many of your teachers would bother to show that commitment? heres the answer...none.
thats why i went to that school. it didnt have anything other than walls, a roof, and desks, but the teachers worked damn hard for little reward and the classes were small and we were a proper group and community. we took pride because it wasnt some anonymous tax payer pumping thousands in, but just our parents and the pupils doing fundraising to keep the place going. we did stuff you'd never dream of, like going round the teachers house for BBQs because they were actually our friends, not some Sir or Miss with a stern demeanour and red biro at the ready.
the government, responsible for educating all children, regardless of circumstance were nowhere. they failed so we did it ourselves instead.
if i'd stayed at my grammar school i'd have probably been drilled into getting 10 GCSEs at A or A*, but i prefered to go to my private school and emerged with 3 B's and 3 C's and a far better sense of value and citizenship, thinking for myself and having an education that focused not just on maths and english but art, craft, and subjects you wouldnt even be offered in your school.
perhaps when you go back to your state school after your holiday you'll appreciate what you get for next to nothing, instead of saying the private schoolers get spoon fed their exams, and get taught better...
in my experience, the grass isnt always greener on the other side as you seem to be trying to comfort yourself in thinking