Via haiku, Slate [yes I know but persevere].
If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person
That was genuinely the heading.
For a start, using the term “private” and not “independent” is a dead giveaway as to where you stand on it. We in the independent system used the term “independent”, free choice, aspiration for our kids.
It’s not unlike when someone starts talking politics with the word Capitalist and with Fascist not far behind, along with Equality, Diversity and Positive Discrimination. We, on the other hand, start throwing in words such as responsibility, discretion, common sense, sanity, heritage, indigenous.
The writer would take away the right of the parent to determine which education his and her child will get. Independent, by definition, means there will be good ones, bad ones and it’s the parent’s job to work out which are which and to match that against their budget.
As in real life choices of all kinds.
Sure, education shouldn’t cost in an ideal world but we’re back to the old argument again – ideal v real. Anything state will, by definition, go pear-shaped as it is funded by govt [therefore by us]. If my child is in an independent school, then yes I still pay for the public sector schools through my taxes and don’t moan about it.
It’s fair enough but it’s also that I’ve exercised choice in opting to pay for a better product.