Just wondering what people think. On a separate thread I was asking for advice on a particular London borough schools and whether people could help me decide whether to state educate or go privately. One view was that if you can afford to educate privately then you should do as there is no point taking a place in an outstanding state primary that could benefit a child with less choices. Thoughts?
That's bonkers. The state education system is for the children of the state. We could possibly avoid private if we went without holidays, stopped all out-of-school activities etc, but I wouldn't want to. Private schools are an option open to some parts of society who can afford them. But they are luxuries, not really any different from things like ski-ing holidays, private health care, expensive cars, designer clothes and so on. I wouldn't feel I had to go on a holiday or buy a bigger car just because I could afford one, and I wouldn't want to force my children into a more narrow experience of society than the perfectly good one for which my taxes currently pay!
If you did impose this there would be a lot of movement in an out of private and state schools. I know plenty of people whom have chosen state schooling. Their local state school is excellent. The catchment area is small and the housing is extremely expensive - £600-£700 for a semi and we aren't in London. The school offers no wraparound care at all as the pupils are collected by their parents (mostly sahm).
Ds started his education at a private school for many reasons the main one of which was nothing to do with the education he would actually receive. If I could have found the same (non-education) provision in our local state school then that is where he would have gone.