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If you can afford private education do you have a moral obligation to privately educate?

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momacharlie Sat 20-Apr-13 19:41:39

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Biscuitsneeded Sun 21-Apr-13 14:45:13

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!

juniper9 Sun 21-Apr-13 19:10:29

Morally, I will be putting my children through state school regardless of income.

I completely disagree with the concept of buying an education. If private schools are so good, they should be available to everyone, rather than the elite.

StarlightMcKenzie Sun 21-Apr-13 19:12:33

You have a moral obligation to pay luxury tax on the school placement imo, as on health insurance.

difficultpickle Sun 21-Apr-13 19:50:55

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.

Talkinpeace Sun 21-Apr-13 21:45:09

round here there are a LOT more rich people than private school places : many of the kids at the local boarding schools come from outside the area

BelleDameSansMerci Sun 21-Apr-13 21:51:55

If one is fortunate enough to have the choice surely the only "obligation" is to choose the school that is best for your child? IMO, there is no moral obligation.

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