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View Poll Results: Which are better?
Public schools 14 27.45%
Private schools 37 72.55%
Voters: 51. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-10-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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Consider that, right now, $34k/year puts you in the top 1% of household incomes.
That's the top 1% globally. It's a useless statistic for pricing in the United States. Location matters. Wages in NJ are much higher than wages in China.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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Consider that, right now, $34k/year puts you in the top 1% of household incomes.
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Oh geez. Where do you come up with this stuff? The median household income in the US is over $50K. Go look at the US census page.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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Oh geez. Where do you come up with this stuff? The median household income in the US is over $50K. Go look at the US census page.
It's the number for the top 1% in the world. Not applicable, ofcourse.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:24 PM
 
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Consider that, right now, $34k/year puts you in the top 1% of household incomes.

According to the US Census Bureau median family income in 2009 was around $50K. So $34K certainly puts a family in the bottom half of household incomes in the US.

USA QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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I see there is some discussion of national merit scholars here.

A public school district can simultaneously do well producing a certain amount of national merit scholars every year....and at the same time have areas where they are doing poorly educating students. This would totally describe the area I live in.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:28 PM
 
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Boarding school is the only option if one can afford it. Certainly true in countries with a British inspired system. Top notch academics, wonderful sporting opportunities, life long friendships.

When I have kids, they are either going to a top UK prep school or one of the colonial era ones in Pakistan. Cricket tours to Sri Lanka and India for a schools first team?!
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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I know the US has many fine schools, esp the big 10 prep schools, but what is boarding school without intense cricket rivalries?

Clifton College has Marlborough to compete with.
Aitchison College v Lawrence
Harrow v Eton
ABHC v APS

These sporting ties are what school is about!
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:20 AM
 
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There's a related thread on this. However, I wanted to get your views on some specific matters.

If you want your children to:

- Get a focused and academically rigorous education

- Be challenged intellectually on a variety of subjects

- Develop a strong work ethic

- Learn traditional family values (very important)

- Engage in many possible extra-curricular activities

- Prepare for the most challenging universities and majors (like engineering)

Would you send them to public schools or private schools, in general?

Does this depend on where you live?
Depends on the actual schools, not just private vs public as broad categories. In my area, kids would probably have the advantage if they went to the 25-40K per year private schools, but a well-funded public school offers much better math/science and other advanced coursework than several of the lower cost Catholic schools. As for values, is an elite population really preferable to a mixed income, diverse public school?

Yes, totally depends on the area.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:22 AM
 
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Boarding school is the only option if one can afford it. Certainly true in countries with a British inspired system. Top notch academics, wonderful sporting opportunities, life long friendships.

When I have kids, they are either going to a top UK prep school or one of the colonial era ones in Pakistan. Cricket tours to Sri Lanka and India for a schools first team?!
But then they rarely see their families! Sounds horrible.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:07 AM
 
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Depends on the actual schools, not just private vs public as broad categories.
Yes, for sure.


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As for values, is an elite population really preferable to a mixed income, diverse public school?
Based on my own experience of having gone to both kinds of schools as a kid, I would answer this question with a resounding "yes." Exposing your kids to the lower 20% of the population could be useful, I suppose, but mainly for kids who aspire to grow up to be psychiatric social workers, police officers, or prison guards. My own take-away from my experience in the "diverse" school was affirmation of the age-old maxim "poor people have poor ways." Yes, of course there are individual exceptions . . .
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