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Where did you spend your K-12 years?

Government (Public) Schools
- 39 (58.2%)
Private School (Religious)
- 9 (13.4%)
Private School (Secular)
- 6 (9%)
Homeschool
- 3 (4.5%)
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- 10 (14.9%)

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Government or Private Education?
« on: March 05, 2007, 09:50:33 AM »

I met several young people at the NHLF who impressed the heck out of me. The group from SUNY stands out in my memory, as does MobileDigit, who drove up from Georgia with his dad to attend the forum.

I'm curious as to where all the independent thinkers here on the FTL boards developed that independence.
Is it the result of encouragement in a private school or homeschool setting?
A backlash of the repressive group think taught in govt. schools?
Parents who challenged you to think for yourself, or at least nurtured your curious nature?

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Re: Government or Private Education?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2007, 10:04:58 AM »

All government child prisons for me. K thru 12.
I'm pretty certain that my parents shaped the way that I think about government to some extent.
Plus the hell that was Communist Russia government school really turned me off all throughout my childhood.
And then I joined the Army! Oops. I sure fucked up there. But that's over, thankfully.
I've never been much of a conformist. I think I was just born this way.
My brother after all is as conformist as you can get.  :?
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2007, 10:29:13 AM »

12 years of public school, for which I received perhaps an eighth-grade education. I sort of just floated through school, never bothering to apply myself. Then, in senior year of high school, I read Atlas Shrugged and life changed. I started studying on my own, and developed an interest in history, science, and the arts. Most of what I now know came from after high school.

After a couple of years, I started college--the first two years at a public institution, and finished up at a private school. There was a world of difference between the two, with the second being far more challenging and rewarding.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2007, 12:02:30 PM »

Kindergarten and first grade at a private Christian school, and then in 2nd grade I got enrolled in a public elementary school. I suffered 10 years in government school and then got myself out.
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Re: Government or Private Education?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2007, 12:40:35 PM »

Government Indoctrination camps for me... all the way through.
What a waste of my earlier years.
I learned more by myself, than I ever did there.
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2007, 12:45:37 PM »

K-9 + 3 Months for me. I dropped out of government school on my 16th birthday.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2007, 12:55:35 PM »

I dropped out at 16 1/2. I went to private "Christian" discount school for most of 7th grade. Even more boring than public school. At least they had computers where I could look at porn on.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2007, 02:59:23 PM »

Straight government schools for me, but I always loved history and was constantly contradicting my history and government teachers.  I didn't have any way to put a name to my belief system until I read a novel called Amagi that ended up in the break room of the Barnes and Noble I worked at.  My dad also helped me a lot, he made me think for myself and question everything.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2007, 03:07:53 PM »

All public schools:
K-2: Hunters Creek Elementary, Houston, Texas
3-4: Armstrong Elementary, Dallas, Texas
5-6: McCulloch Intermediate School, Dallas, Texas
7-8: Highland Park Middle School, Dallas, Texas
9-11: Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas

My contributions to the school: http://www.google.com/search?q=nigel+watt+site%3Ahpisd.org&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
The school's contributions to me: This space intentionally left blank

Now I'm at Cornell, and even though it's a fairly public private school, the difference is amazing.

And yes, you read that right - I never went to 12th grade. I just skipped it; Cornell was OK with it and I needed to GTFO.
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Re: Government or Private Education?
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2007, 03:46:58 PM »

I am yet another victim of government schooling.

I credit the school system with only one thing: at the time, they managed to introduce me to economics. The hardcore Austrian stuff, not this watered down and distorted garbage we're seeing in schools now. Current students aren't so lucky.
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Re: Government or Private Education?
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2007, 04:11:33 PM »

Yet another victim of public school!

When I think back about school, I do think I learned a few things that I wouldn't have tried to learn on my own, but all of the "important" things I feel I know, I didn't learn in school at all. That includes my professional knowledge, thoughts on freedom, philosophical conclusions, etc.
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Re: Government or Private Education?
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2007, 04:20:58 PM »

I am yet another victim of government schooling.

I credit the school system with only one thing: at the time, they managed to introduce me to economics. The hardcore Austrian stuff, not this watered down and distorted garbage we're seeing in schools now. Current students aren't so lucky.

My high school econ teacher was pretty much an Austrian, but I took the class after I had discovered liberty. We had fun dismantling people's arguments about minimum wage and such together.
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Re: Government or Private Education?
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2007, 04:29:46 PM »

I went to government school my whole life.  I was lucky, I had teachers that encouraged me to learn, think, and challenge things.  And I also had parents that didn't really instill any values in me.  My father taught me bad words, and to appreciate classic rock, and my mother taught me by counter-example not to drink like a fish. 
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Re: Government or Private Education?
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2007, 05:27:47 PM »

Interesting subject.

Growing up in a communist country (in Europe), I didn't have a choice but to go to a government school (no existence of private schools), which translates to many years of listening (no dialog possible) to socialistic doctrine whose supporters didn't accept any opposite views and deliberately violated and broke the slightest form of human individualism.

I developed love towards arts and literature in elementary school, and pretty much didn't understand and wasn't paying attention to continuous indoctrinations. But in high school and university I started to pay attention and became quite rebellious and independent. Also, things in society started to change - the war broke out (yep!), after which came, so called, democracy. While some professors weren't as stiff as those in elementary and high school, and not only loved students who knew how to think, but also immensely supported two-way communication, others remained dedicated to their old way of teaching where individualism and different opinions weren't welcomed.

Although changes in society somewhat shaped my political and philosphical views and formed my independence, I mostly drew my knowledge from books and rare people whose opinions I respected. I became an opposite result of what commie goverment wanted to achieve - an individual who thinks.
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2007, 05:43:08 PM »

Preschool - 3rd Grade - Private School
3rd - 12th - Government school

Then for some reason, I decided I didn't have enough and went to college, and worked for government schools as well.  Good thing my real job and area of study didn't require me to indulge in the Collegiate Academia Groupthink (hahahaha.... "ugh....there's CAG all over my hands!"), but was definintely saturated with them (hint:  Arts & Technology - film, video, blah blah).
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