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Old 02-12-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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Default If you can afford private education but remain in the state sector con

Thought I repost the OP although the debate has moved on a little .
It's going to be hard to avoid this becoming another state v private thread, but what I'm interested in is a slightly different take on that debate. It's not "which is better?" but "if you think state school is better even though you could afford private education, then why is that?"

The question is based on the assumptions that the DC in question is/are reasonably bright (so might benefit academically from academically selective education), that the state school is non-selective (as most people don't have access to grammar schools), and that you hope for your DC to go to a good university (to make the £££££ fees worthwhile!)

I've been mulling this over ever since I heard some maths professor from Cambridge talking on the radio about the age-old private v state inequality of Oxbridge admissions. He was all for improving access for state school applicants but said that the simple fact was that for maths, even the best state schools generally teach only to the A-level syllabus, whereas the best private schools take their maths/further maths A-level candidates well beyond the syllabus and so the state school applicants are at a huge disadvantage - they simply don't have the starting level of knowledge required for the course.

This made me wonder: with this sort of unequal playing field, if you have the choice of private education, what reasons might you have not to take it?

Would be interested to hear from those who've made this choice - how it's working out, or if your DC have finished school now, how did it work out? Did they go to good universities/get good jobs, etc? On the other side of things, if you paid for private schooling but now regret it, why?

My DC go to a state school by the way.

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Old 02-12-2013, 06:08 AM   #2
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Am I the only one lost here? What is a DC?
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:15 AM   #4
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I like cake, maybe DC stands for Dutch Chocolate
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At least Tom got rid of his advertisement for his website in his signature. lol...
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Am I the only one lost here? What is a DC?
Considering he is talking about Cambridge, I am guessing it has something to do with education in the British Isles. Of course, that is just a guess.
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My guess is dependent children. This is only a guess.
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You, of all people, should know what a DC is, Mac!
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DC... Hmmmm... Could it be a reference to a Priority Mail® Label Number ?
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DC = Double Corona of course.
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DC = Double Corona of course.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:27 AM   #12
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I wish I would have known DC meant double corona when I tried to read it, cause I was baffled, and I'm far too disinterested to try again.
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