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  •  Sorry, ratsowhat, but you're wrong and (0+ / 0-)

    those trying to sell your daughter on private school are right.  I speak as someone who went to a public high school in a very nice midwestern town famous for it's state university.  I went from there to a prestigious, private, Seven Sister college where I actually had a couple of friends.  I recently went to a high school reunion.  I have nothing in common with those people and they know it too.  I never did.  I essentially educated myself in high school.

    You and your daughter don't owe the public schools squat.  You owe your daughter the best educational experience you can afford for her.

    •  Defensive Condescension (2+ / 0-)
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      ChurchofBruce, burlydee

      Surprising as it may be to zealots of charters, religious schools, and other private institutions, the privatization of education is actually a BAD thing.

      Many people are products of public schools. Shoot, most of the country is a product of public schools. I'm glad you feel so much smarter and better than the people you went to high school with -- really, it must be nice to feel so superior -- but recognize that your experience in your home in one place in midwest is FAR different from the rest of the country, especially the coasts.

      Bad schools suck, but bad is a subjective and often classist assumption that promotes the very segregation we see in this country on a regular basis. Even so-called liberal progressives refuse to send their White kids to schools where the Black and Brown kids go. Why? Because they tell themselves it's for their kids' education, but really it's about the parents' fear.

      Regardless, the reality is that public schools run the gamut from good to bad and it's not a risk or a gamble or some kind of political statement to send your kid to a public school. It's just called living in the real world. Y'know, the one without all the ivory towers and gates. You should try it sometime.

      "When facts are reported, they deny the value of evidence; when the evidence is produced, they declare it inconclusive." -- Augustine, in The City of God.

      by Zek J Evets on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:13:59 PM PDT

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      •  I'm a teacher in a public school and I do not (1+ / 0-)
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        promote the privatization of public education by any means.  But one school is not necessarily the right answer for everyone and there is nothing wrong with the fact that people do have choices supported by private money.  

        A school doesn't have to be bad to be the wrong school for some people and maybe the right one for others.  

        And I was smarter than the people I went to high school with.  I was smarter than the teachers who taught me.  I don't say it to make myself feel good.  I state it as a fact.  We aren't all the same.  We are all different and the fact that there are different educational opportunities to meet the differing needs of different people is a good thing.

        •  I do not disagree with your comment... (0+ / 0-)

          ... Except that it doesn't really address the point I was making regarding the actual topic at hand. The diarist sending his daughter to a public school is not a controversial thing worthy of attack as it has been.

          If you have choices, good for you! Most people don't, because our country hasn't handed out bootstraps for a long time. So we make due with what we can, and surprisingly we do damn well at it.

          But back to your comment: what is it you're actually saying? Do you agree with the diarist, or the commenter above me?

          "When facts are reported, they deny the value of evidence; when the evidence is produced, they declare it inconclusive." -- Augustine, in The City of God.

          by Zek J Evets on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 09:23:52 AM PDT

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