Overheard at the LFGSS golf club bar

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  • He's a boy though and we know that our 50% of the planet have an easier time at just about everything. (sorry)

  • School fees in the UK are ridiculous, but international day schools here (in Shanghai) are around £40k a year.

    Could be worse, could be Rosey, which surely must be over £100k per year by now. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institut_L­e_Rosey

  • international day schools here (in Shanghai) are around £40k a year

    I had friends who taught in the international schools around the world... their overall opinion was that paying for the school was not going to guarantee any success for the kid no matter where the school was. It could probably guarantee better connections when they were older and a better standard of English (assuming non-native English speaking parents) and probably smooth out the experience for those families that move country every couple of years.

  • I went to Grammar school in NI (Regent House), for the full 14 years (preparatory instead of primary). If it's any consolation, I was miserable for all 14 of them.

  • Definitely - though in china the choices are a) expensive international school, b) "bilingual" private school, c) international division of a public (ie state) school or d) public (ie state) school. Options b, c and d require fluent Mandarin and the government decides on the curriculum, meaning there's political education and Xi Jinping Thought from third grade.

  • No consolation at all! It's kinda shitty to spend your formative years being unhappy.

  • I know someone who went to Beau Soleil, it's CHF 150,000 a year!!!! Insane.

  • My little brother went to private school for the last 2 years of senior school.

    Mainly because he got expelled from "normal" school, and my family relocated to the south coast, and the local "normal" schools didn't want an Essex delinquent rocking the boat have space.

  • .

  • The main things I gained from a private education are:

    • A whole lot of bullying
    • A life long love of sport
    • Learning to be confident and take risks in situations where in reality I'm out of my depth. You could call it professional arrogance or confident risk taking, either way, its something that private school taught me....how to blag.
  • Some times just the use of the name of the school/university.

    Have been to a boarding school and ran away. It was not a nice experience hence running away.

    Went to very very good university for my job. Many times all that is asked is lecturers. Then I was taught by the guy that updated the 'bible' of the subject.

  • Not judging

    Bully or bullied? Kids will go along with bullies so not to be bullied themselves.

  • Also you all know that the premis of grammar schools is based on falsified information

  • Shackleton?

    My comp regularly beat DC at chess under his boat in the main hall.

  • Bully or bullied? Kids will go along with bullies so not to be bullied themselves.

    Both. Mainly on receiving end but as I grew a little older I bullied others. I was not happy at school.

  • Basically your choices are:

    Comprehensive
    Grammar / selective state schools
    Private/Independent
    Public schools
    home school

    Plus church schools.

  • Shackleton?

    Didn't know that.

  • I went to a private school for free (scholarship, disadvantaged background). The facilities I had access to were amazing and I do not think I would be where I am today were I not exposed to it. I was very strong academically and I wanted to study, it catered to me. I went to school with a lot of very wealthy idiots who did not want to learn and they were also catered for.

    Am I happy I went to a private school? Yes. Did I enjoy it? No. Do I openly advertise that I went to a private school? No, but I don't actively take measures to hide it and if it ever comes up in conversation I take pains to explain that I was very lucky to be able to, given my background. Navigating different levels of the British class system on a daily basis (I didn't board, so had to travel back and forth between my school and my decidedly non-posh home) was tricky, but I think it provided me with a resilience which has done me very well in later life.

  • Basically your choices are:

    Comprehensive
    Grammar / selective state schools
    Private/Independent
    Public schools
    home school

    Don't forget Academies :/

  • Selective state.

  • then pay for tuition to coach your kids for an exam called the 11+. However, that is no longer the win it used to be as there are more kids competing. So if you want to go that route you've probably got to start training your kids from at least 9yo

    That is my issue with Grammar's, is seeing colleagues in Kent chuck loads of money at getting their kid through 11+. It yet again manages to tilt the balance in favour of those with more money/ love their kids more /s

  • As I said, no judgement.

    Look after yourself, and your family.

  • I went to school and then one day I didn't have to anymore and that was that.

    Cool schoolory bro.

  • That is my issue with Grammar's

    awks

  • That is more about removing funding from local government. Even that has been modified to have groups of schools, to get economies of scale.

    Pity state schools can't be charities.

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