state school messing up your life Watch
tecnik, its gonna be a long night for you isnt it?
and why does everyone spell it wrong...only 7 letters for goodness sake!!
not always true...you can learn much from a library, or the internet, or go to the open university. they dont have entrance requirements on the whole AFAIK. they let my dad do his social science degree with his couple of "o-levels"
because im not looking at the keyboard, note no caps or punctuation! well apostrophes neway. I only sed the long night thing due to your calculations on rep.
Though now I wonder who gave the neg rep... it took off a good 18 points. That would need some repping power, wouldn't it?
it wasnt me though, my reps more powerful than that, and ive used mine already today
Well I have 62 so it couldn't/wouldn't have been me.
My secondary school was a lot better. A lot of my KS3 teachers were rubbish, but all my GCSE and AS teachers have been good, some excellent. The only thing I would complain about is that I was forced to sit quite a few non-academic subjects at GCSE, whereas I would have preferred to do all academic. I was still really pleased with my results though, and I'm happy with my AS-levels so far as well. For my year, the GCSE pass rate (5 A*-C) was 46%, only 9% behind the local private school which is also selective. The teachers are all more than willing to give you help and advice if you ask for it. I've never regretted my decision to go to this school. Oh, and some people were talking about large class sizes at state school; my sixth form is so small that I'm in much smaller classes than I would have been if I'd switched to a grammar school, maybe even a private school. My biggest class has about 17 of us, then 12, then 5 and 5.
I admit I have seen a lot of people, both at my primary and secondary schools, who've ended up like your friends, but it has a lot more to do with the individual and their parents than the school. My parents have always been really supportive of my education. They always take an interest in how I'm getting on, read my reports, go to parents' evenings, buy me any books and stationery I need etc etc, and they've never put any pressure on me when it comes to grades. That's had a big impact on me doing as well as I have. When it comes to applying to uni, my school had 70% of Year 13s applying last year and all of them got offers. One girl has been accepted to Cambridge this year. However, because there's not such an emphasis on grades, the teachers encourage you to do what you want, where you want. They don't pressure you to apply to a top uni if you don't want to just because it makes the school look good.
but in a private school?? teachers are sooo willing to help you...my grades were never perfect but they are much better in this private school than they have ever been before!
so i guess it depends on your attitude (and also on the attitude of your parents) what you will turn in to...
you can become a criminal even though you have a private school and you can be a briliant student and go to a very good Uni even though you have "only" a public school education..
a think that such a broad generalisation..that states that public schools will mess up your life is wrong..
Today I met with friends from my primary school, which was a state school, not a very good one either. Out of around 24 kids i was the only one who went on to a private secondary school, my parents sacrificied alot at the time.
Anyways from my old school mates, today i saw/heard that 4 or 5 had been chucked out of their state schools, dropped out of school after gcses. 2 have criminal records and have just come out of 'Feltham Young Offenders' none of them had done well in their gcses etc
Its really made me think, would I have turned out like this if i had not gone to private school.
before i recieve a herd of neg reps, this isnt an attack on state schools, but something i was thinking about.
When the crossroads of secondary education reared its ugly head at the end of Year 6 - virtually everybody went to the local comps, with 6 people going on to grammar schools. At the time (and probably still today) the state schools in Birmingham, especially for boys, were crap. This was tempered, to an extent, by the presence of some of the best grammar schools in the country. However, for most of my classmates, the post-Primary school reality was attending a mediocre/crap state secondary school. The six people from my primary school who went on to grammar school have achieved excellent grades - and all of them are going to decent universites. A clutch of the people who went to the local comps did well, too. Sadly though, an alarming proportion of my primary school class have dropped out.
One of my best friends at primary school (who wasn't a stupid guy by any means) managed to get expelled from three secondary schools. And has subsequently been arrested, charged and imprisoned for dealing crack cocaine. A small number of people have developed serious hard drug dependencies; and I know of two girls who now have kids of their own (one of them is married, too). And these are just the people I know/have been told about. Two people from my primary school went to state secondary schools initially, but were pulled out by their parents - and made to attend independent schools. They have also done very well academically.
I'm not trying to make out that state comprehensives are rubbish - but it's obvious that there's significant variation in the quality of schools, according to area. My area had a preponderance of crap comprehensives, and this problem was, perhaps, made even more acute by the existence of a strong grammar school tradition.