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  •  Not everyone there is born on 3rd (4+ / 0-)
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    NThenUDie, JFinNe, wahineslc, Sparhawk

     Not every student at a private school is born on third base.  Some are there on scholarship.  Some are there because their parents make sacrifices to pay for it.  Some students even work, not for spending money, but to pay tuition.
      For a group that claims to be against prejudice and discrimination, we sure do a lot of stereotyping, the forerunner to prejudice and discrimination.

    •  Again, it's charity versus solidarity. (6+ / 0-)

      Yes there are charity cases at private schools but the exception proves the rule, that private schools are first and foremost about exclusion. Exclusion is their raison d'etre.

      •  Charity - exactly. (3+ / 0-)
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        wahineslc, SadieB, mrkvica

        Here in Chicago the Francis W Parker school offers "scholarships" in order to be politically correct.  Otherwise, scholarships are offered that still assumes a middle-class or better contribution.  This is the case for the Cranbrook Academy where a scholarship could still result in a lower-class family needing to spend 67% of the family's income to have one child attend.

        Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. - Norman Douglas

        by Fossil on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:18:04 AM PDT

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      •  Unless you are athletic enough (2+ / 0-)
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        Then you can get an athletic scholarship to ritzy private high schools.

      •  Sacrifice and hard work (0+ / 0-)

         I didn't attend 13 years of a private school (k-12) on charity.  I received no financial aid.  My police officer father and nurse mother worked full-time jobs PLUS extra jobs to pay for the tuition for my sister and me.  Hard work and sacrifice paid the bills - not charity from the school.
          A lot of my fellow students were in the same boat.  Sure, there were some whose grandparents footed the bill and some whose parents could buy whatever they wanted.  But a lot of us had parents who paid taxes to support the public schools but also wanted a better system and made additional sacrifices for certain benefits.
          One benefit that comes from a private school is expectations.  From middle school on, we were expected to go to college.  There was no real question about it.  Sure, every other year or so, someone chose to enter the military, and that was respected.  But everyone started college.  
          When I taught at an inner-city Catholic school in Jersey City, NJ, there was the same expectation.  The school was most definitely NOT elitist.  Some parents sent their students for safety concerns.  Some parents because the school was small and could focus on individual students.  Some parents wanted their children in a religious school.  They SACRIFICED to pay the tuition.  
          Please, get some facts before you start making sweeping generalizations.

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