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How to convince younger bro to go to boarding school?

So my younger bro is in 7th grade, next year will be his last year at his middle school and my parents want him to go to either Exeter or Hotchkiss. He is against going to any sort of prep boarding school because all of his friends will be going to the public school in our town. Both my parents and myself have been trying to talk him into going since itís a tremendous opportunity (one I wish I had) and he will have access to certain things he won't be able to get anywhere else. He is definitely smart, having taken pre-calc in an out of school class and gotten A's in every single one of his regular classes so I'm sure Exeter or Hotchkiss would be a great fit for him. I tried convincing him by showing him the type of classes he'll be able to take and where the majority of the graduates place in terms of schools (a huge % went to Harvard, Yale or Princeton). He is pretty firm with his choice so I was hoping someone here might offer some advice.
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He is in 7th grade why does he even have a say on this?
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It's hard to talk kids into something they wont appreciate until much later. If I were given the choice I would have gone to public school with my friends too.

I'm glad it wasn't my choice.
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He is in 7th grade why does he even have a say on this?

We don't wanna force him into something he doesn't want to do. I'd rather see him become 100% committed than 60% committed and 40% parental and older sibling persuasion.
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loved it the second I walked in. it was like going to college when I was 13. I had tons of friends at home and they continued to be my friends during the summer and on breaks. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. he has to want that life though. we competed in athletics against both of those schools, coincidentally.
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How much is that going to cost, like 25 grand a year?
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How much is that going to cost, like 25 grand a year?

my nephews grade school costs that much, each...
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We don't wanna force him into something he doesn't want to do. I'd rather see him become 100% committed than 60% committed and 40% parental and older sibling persuasion.

that's retarded. kids are stupid.
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that's retarded. kids are stupid.

Make him go to the boarding school, but when college comes around he should have a 100% say in where he goes.
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Make him go to the boarding school, but when college comes around he should have a 100% say in where he goes.

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You want to help the kid make a good decision, but at the same time you don't want to push him into rebellion.
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Let him do what he wants.

Maybe he does good at present because he can unwind with his friends, and the environment around him is more relaxed.

If I had the choice I would prefer to stay at home, not so much for friends, but because of the environment.
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We don't wanna force him into something he doesn't want to do. I'd rather see him become 100% committed than 60% committed and 40% parental and older sibling persuasion.

As if kids ever WANT to do the right thing! He should STFU and go to the school that his parents want him to go to, especially if he's a smart kid and it's a private school. A smart kid doesn't need any commitment to finish high school. I mean, do you have any idea how bad of a reputation public high schools in the USA have compared to the rest of the world? I fucking breezed through pre-university education here in Holland and in hind-sight I would have loved to have even better (higher level) education at that age, because of how much further I would have been now. Considering how much better the education here is supposed to be (high-school level, not universities), that's saying something IMHO.

Seriously, that your parents are able to afford sending him to a private school is fucking awesome and a chance that he shouldn't miss for the world!

Also, if that's not enough than I can safely say that a kid who starts at a private school feeling all sour that he can't be with his friends is still going to be learning far more than a happy kid at a public school. And he'll be making new friends in no time anyway!

It may seem strange that I feel so strongly about this as a total stranger, just see it as an indication as to how fucking important proper education is and how much of a total clusterfuck it would be if he went to public school instead of private just because of a few friends.
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FFS hes 13. when i was 13 all i wanted to do was sit my happy ass around the house too. tell him to stfu and get his ass to a nice school
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Help him see how making this decision can give him what he needs to accomplish what he wants to do long term.
If you have to convince him of anything, you've got to overcome his resistance. Help him see how this is something he wants. Your answers don't work for him. Help him find the answers inside himself that point this direction.
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