Originally Posted by scientific
most importantly, when I have kids I would want them to go to public HS because I don't think you can be a real American without doing so. private schools don't even have football teams. (wtf.) on the other hand, most public schools are not like the one i went to, so it would be a dilemma. i might send my kids to a private school but i would want to know exactly how it was academically superior.
fwiw all the genius-level people I've met have been home-schooled more or less.
ps. sounds like stuy really blows
The first part here is absolutely preposterous. Asides from the fact that most private school students are much more athletic than public schoolers that I know, every "old wealth," "aspiring middle class," "insert prep school notion" family worships football--more even than lacrosse. Prep schools have the liberty to fund and devote far more of their attention to their football teams. I won't debate what being a real American means, but it's comical that you call many valuable Americans of literally every profession from prostitute to politician unamerican on the grounds of their private schooling.
Stuyvesant blew on an administrative and educational level. However, I have found the student population's raw intelligence, however one might wish to categorize that, to be the highest I've ever seen. Without the taint of legacy, tradition, and financial incentive (all traits I personally approve of), Stuyvesant students are where they are on merit alone. A college graduation rate of close to 100%, nationally top tier debate, robotics, math teams, and its high selectivity confirms my belief that that group of peers was the smartest I have ever associated with. My AP Government classroom was more intelligent than any Harvard class I sat in on. My peers were worth the pains of a New York public school.
But I stand by my statement that I believe I would have enjoyed boarding school more.