posted on Mar, 12 2003 @ 01:07 PM
Est, The public schools I went to were as fine as they come. Lots of opportunity. I grew up in decent suburban cities (money) - way different than,
say, Cleveland Public schools. Which aren't too far from me. Cleveland was a test bed of sorts for school vouchers, btw. However, you mentioned
'engineering' - probably the greatest problem with the schools I went to, were the schools themselves: too politically correct, no discipline, no
punishment, etc, etc. We had an ëalternative schoolí for the delinquents. (Though no one would dare call them that). That, in addition to the ësocial
availabilityí is an accident waiting to happen. Many of my friends that I went to school with most of my life, which were very, very bright, simply
blew it in high school ñ they gave meaning to the word ëhighí in high school.
Interestingly enough ñ as far ëshelteredí and ëdecentí goes ñ the private school that my wife went to offered that. This was a Kindergarten though 8th
grade school ñ she then went to my public high school (thatís where we met). My high school graduating class produced 9 ëvaledictoriansí of which all
(except 1 I believe) had gone to school with my wife at her k-8 private school prior to the public high school. (My wife was one of the 9). And her
k-8 school was very small compared to the other public schools that put student into our high school. (and many of the student in that private school
went on to private high schools)
Granted, itís just an example, part of my little world here, BUT ëgoodí and ëdecentí seems to produce better students in my opinion.
[Edited on 12-3-2003 by Bob88]