Ahh... an education thread, eh? Well, first, I live in Georgia. Do you know what this means? Georgia has, like, the WORST education system in USA. It's BAD. The Superintendents are stupid (no, really. I have a story on that later on), and, well, (if this insults you, too bad) it's the South.
I can't say the teachers are bad, some are, but mine aren't bad at all (granted, this COULD be because I'm in a Magnet program (BTW, for those that don't know, Magnet is a "gifted" program)). It's just that the other students DON'T CARE. It's annoying! I can count on my hands the number of students in my classes that don't mess around too much.
Anyway, y'all are probably wondering "well, ryke, what the f*** does this have to do with school?". My point is this: there is a private school next to us (about a mile and a half away). It's called Marist (I think that's how you spell it). For WHATEVER reason, we have a "rivalry" with them in pretty much all clubs. We get destroyed in everything from Debate to Football. Obviously (to me, at least) private schools give you a MUCH better chance of learning.
Now, all I said was "learning". I said NOTHING about "learning what you need to know". I have the BIGGEST example EVER! I know this one person who was in private schools his whole life, then came to Chamblee High (my high school). This person, who we shall call "person F (not because of grades)", had NO COMMON SENSE. Period. Now, know this: he was my friend. Until he went to Marist after freshman year. Person F could hardly go through a day without being mocked or made a fool of. It was kinda sad, really.
Now, to deal with the person who said that "honor classes are the same as normal classes". Good job there. Except not. One MAIN thing you need to know: honor classes count for more, and they cover stuff in more depth. Don't flame me about "well, ryke, honor classes aren't AP, you know". I KNOW this! I mean that colleges count them for more. "Well, ryke, I don't plan on going to a college" WTF?! Then WTF are you doing taking an honors course!?
ALSO honor courses give you access to more stuff. IE, when I was away for a year and merely taking a "gifted" math course rather than a "Magnet" course, I lost any chance to take a "Fast-track" test, that would enable me to take a math course that crams two math courses into one: Geometry and Algebra 2. This was a HUGE loss on my part. Because of this, I now have to try to get a tutor over the summer so I can hop into their Calculus course...
Now, back to something I mentioned in passing: The superintendent(s, not quite sure about the others except for mine), is an idiot. Better yet, all faculty/staff above "teacher" are stupid. Why? Well, last year, for the "shuttle" busses (where we take two school busses to get home), we high-school students were forced to wait about an hour longer than normal to let the middle-schoolers on. This could have been easily fixed. ALSO, this year, he pushed all middle-school times later by an hour. This is BAD. Now, a lot of the people I know who have little siblings are forced to suffer, waiting for an extra hour.
Better yet, the Faculty (except teachers) at my school FAIL AT LIFE. It's like they get off on forcing us to do inane stuff, and are so obviously pro-athletics, it hurts me. Not just that, they're pro-FOOTBALL. Completely ignoring all other sports. Even a couple teachers have this bias (besides football coaches, because that's just obvious). For example: my friend, who runs in cross-country, and is pretty good, only one place away from varsity, was not quite doing so good in health because of his laziness. Another football jock (who is a complete moron, and by moron, I have ANOTHER anecdote for ya: he asked me for math help, right? The problem he was stuck on (and this is in freshman year, mind you) was: x-4=0 what is x? First, the problem is stupidly simple. Second, when I tried showing him how to do it, he kept on shouting "no! No! You have to SUBTRACT 4! It CANCELS out!" I wanted to strangle him) wasn't doing good, either. The teacher went to the jock and said "well, I know you take sports, so I'll let you make up work, OK?". Now, my friend, and YES, the teacher DID know he had cross-country, didn't get any such opportunity.
This was all just to show you how BAD a public school is compared to a private school, except for the fact that private schools SHELTER you.