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Child doesn't appreciate your paying an arm and a leg for it's education and continues to spend it's time constructing elaborate paper airplanes and trying to make it's teacher cry.
judging by what happens here in Edinburgh, if you go to a public school, you get better resources etc. than you would at a state school, but the state schools here seem to turn out just as good or better grades and a lot of people who go to public schools round here act a bit like arrogant pricks, so I'd say yes it is a waste of money.
is entirely a personal one, and thus the answer to this will vary from one person to another.
a philosoph ?
does that qualify as a waste of money?
then i shall discuss
a school with a 13 - 18 age range (ie: 3rd - 6th form), but, quite a number of them seem to have a junior school for the 1st and 2nd form too.
It would also suggest that the origin of the school was as a boarding school, although boarding numbers are a fraction of what they once were and day pupils are now the clear majority at most public schools.
By way of contrast a 'Private school' is simply any fee paying school (including public schools).
you're at Cambridge so there's a 50% chance that you went to one anyway, therefore I am sorry if that sounded patronising, it wasn't supposed to!
but seriously post this in peak time and you will get loads of responses, even though it has been done to death
It depends on the personality traits of the child as to whether it nurtures their abilities or galvanises their ignorance.
The most important advantage of sending a child to public school is the 'quality' of the friends they make for life while there. It is much more likely that they and their families will be able to give them advantages in the future.
It makes me earn my living...