We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, because it's just what most people do unless they are either Catholic or prosperous, or want to take on home-schooling. It's just normal. My own kids mostly avoided public schools because I could (barely, and not really) afford to.
In the end, though, isn't most primary education ultimately home-schooling anyway? I think it is.
Thank goodness! Somebody is finally stating the obvious in a way that will get to many readers. I got mine a private education almost all the way through. The only two times that she went to public school (when the money was soo tight) they set her back 2 years each! I was a single mom with no child support, and no income other than what I could work for. Got myself an AA degree and then a good enough job. Along the way I was able to get scholarship/tuition support for her from various schools. Finally, when my job/responsibility of doing the best I could for her I went back to school to finish my own education. Didn't become faculty wife until a long time after she was on her own. Can't stand the moral confusion in which those people running our schools find themselves! How can they teach--they don't have a clue what personal/moral discipline is nor what it takes to put up with them!
My children went to public school because I chose to live in a neighborhood that offered decent schools. I wanted them to learn with the other kids in our community and grow friendships. That part worked out fine.
At the outset we were not really aware of the systemic rot in the system. For the most part the junior and middle school experience was positive and productive. However, the fact that there was no incentive or recognition in the system for excellence and the policy of rewarding mediocrity and even outright failure with the same smiley face feel good baloney made the kids jaded about how they performed.
This manifested in high school and resulted in a lot of harm to our kids. Although we have had some success in turning the problems around (since they graduated) our children are now forced to relearn a few things that should never have been an issue.
I could write a book about it, but I'll leave it there.
I've seen firsthand that children who go through the public school system have a lot more stress and difficulty during their formative years, so I'm thankful that my youngest child was able to be in a Christian school surrounded good role models, and was spared the problems and pressures that kids have in a public school setting. He was able to grow strong before he had to confront those pressures. We kept him and out other 4 children out of public schools at a huge financial cost, but it was worth it.