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  • My boyfriend goes to private school and i go to public will it work?

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    08-20-2012, 08:20 AM
  #21
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My boyfriend in high school went to a Catholic private school and I went to a regular public school. He boasted about how his education was better than mine because his parents paid $10k a year in tuition fees on top of uniforms, expensive field trips, and textbooks. Meanwhile, looking at his bookshelf one day I discovered that he had all the exact same textbooks that we used - for free! We both graduated with similar grades (high) and went to the same university (a very prestigious one). I'm by no means a "hard worker" and neither was he (although he was a harder worker than I was and was generally one of those smart know-it-all types), but we both learned the same materials and learned them well.

It saddened me a bit that his parents actually started saving about $7k a year once he went to university. We broke up after university because I just couldn't stand him anymore, but that's a whole other thread.

Oddly enough, after university he went to teacher's college. He had a hard time getting in because of his demographic (white male) and someone from his church pulled a few strings to get him in after two denied appeals for admission. He graduated from teacher's college at the top of his class but couldn't get a job with the school board (6000 graduates every year competing for a very small pool of jobs). As far as I know, he is still running a daycare for $12/hr, waiting for a job teaching high school. He graduated from university about 6 years ago.

I went into publishing and got a job in my field right away. I did that for 2.5 years before I got the balls to quit the corporate world to follow my passion for working with animals and start my own business. I now run a very successful dog-walking business and I teach puppy classes and do private consults in the evenings.

Long story short, I know that life is what you make of it. My kids (if I ever have them, still on the fence about that one) will go to public school.
     
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    08-20-2012, 08:42 AM
  #22
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I've been on both sides of the fence.
I started out in a fabulous, local, very small public primary school. My parents decided halfway through, that they might try and see how I go in a private school, as their friend's son went there and they raved about it. I was a bright kid, and they figured maybe a public school would hold me back, despite the wonderful teachers at this particular school.

I spent one year at the private school, was bullied immensely, was as miserable as all heck. I hated it. And yes, it was a strongly religious school. My 'school swimming uniform' cost more than one year of school fees at the public school! My grades were ok, but I came home crying every day because I hated it so much.

Parents sent me back to public school for the rest of primary school, and then high school and I did extremely well!
I had friends who went to private schools, their parents paid a ridiculous amount of money to send them there, and only 2 out of the 7 friends ended up going on to University. The others still work in supermarkets, child care centres, take away shops etc. in their mid 20's.
     
    08-20-2012, 08:59 AM
  #23
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Mrs. Face never attended a public school, through college. I never attended a private school, through college. I am better educated than she is, but I think that is largely due to me having a thirst for knowledge. I think you can end up well educated from either one - or poorly educated from either one, dependent upon your motivation, desire to learn, and ambition...
     
    08-20-2012, 09:39 AM
  #24
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Kitten Val there are a few prep schools that are not religous.
Some that are that only claim to be for tax purposes. In other words are very liberal.
All the jewish ones that I know however are Orthodox though most of the families that send thier children thier are Reform or secular.
That is another reason I waited so late to send my children.
I didn't want them telling me how to properly be a jew.
It didn't work. Shalom
     
    08-20-2012, 09:46 AM
  #25
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Originally Posted by Faceman    
Mrs. Face never attended a public school, through college. I never attended a private school, through college. I am better educated than she is, but I think that is largely due to me having a thirst for knowledge. I think you can end up well educated from either one - or poorly educated from either one, dependent upon your motivation, desire to learn, and ambition...
most definitely agree with this. If you have a self motivated personality you could learn in a cardboard box sitting in the middle of a field! I also believe parents or an adult/adults with positive influence can make a huge difference as well. For me personally, my parents were pretty clueless when it came to my education. However, they let me make the decision where I wanted to go to high school...yeah, I was lucky I was pretty responsible at the ripe old age of 12! Actually my dad thought I was going to end up "warped" because I wanted to go to an all girls Catholic school...mom said "let her go!" One of the best experiences of my life! I was totally self motivated and ended up ranking 32nd in an A track school (one taught at the A level...C's you were asked to leave..yep, pretty harsh) However, loving the public school system for my youngest!
     
    08-20-2012, 11:19 AM
  #26
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
And sorry for the dumb question, but are ALL private schools religious? From what I see around they are (Catholic, Jewish, Christian, etc.).
No. Many are not. Most all w the word "academy" in their name are not, nor are "academies" all military.

I forgot about what db said - uniforms or strict dress codes are nearly always part of the private school experience. Uniforms save money big time while dress codes are strict and can make shopping for school clothes a real challenge. For example, finding knee high skirts among an ocean of "zero high" ones isn't easy...but it certainly makes you wonder who would send their daughter to any public gathering of any kind in the street walker-esque clothing that they "push" on school kids.
     
    08-20-2012, 11:29 AM
  #27
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Okey-dokey, I am trying to visualize DH straight out telling me he believes he is better educated than I.
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    08-20-2012, 11:42 AM
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Missy May I was wondering if only I caught that gaffe.
Either Faceman has a very understanding wife or she doesn't read his post.
As opinionated as he is I would bet the former is true.
Missy May Orthodox women and girls do not show thier bare arms or legs in public r to any male not related to her. Shalom
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    08-20-2012, 12:29 PM
  #29
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Originally Posted by dbarabians    
Either Faceman has a very understanding wife or she doesn't read his post.
If my hubby would say something like that I'd laugh personally.
     
    08-20-2012, 12:41 PM
  #30
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Okey-dokey, I am trying to visualize DH straight out telling me he believes he is better educated than I.
I wasn't agreeing with that part of his post! Lol
     

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