I think if you can send your child to a private school or home school them and they get a better education then you are doing what is best for your child. Despite what the article says I think that public education has almost become a lost cause in some places. It is highly politicized and agenda driven. Your child does not come out of the system educated as much as they become indoctrinated. That is in the public colleges as well, I have seen that first hand. There are some excellent educators who work in the public schools and they do make a difference. Even if everyone put their children in public schools it would not really improve things...even over time. Not the ways the schools are run now. They keep demanding more money from the taxpayer and turn out even more ill prepared students each year. The parents play a large role in the individual success of the student. The teachers can only do so much with 40 students in one period. The educator does not have the time to work with students who are struggling. As much as the public says blame the teacher when the student is unsuccessful I argue that the system is currently set up so that your child has more potential to fail than succeed. If the child is not a self starter or a self learned the parent needs to ensure the child stays on track and studies. The teacher does not have the time or resources to do it. Distractions like video games and sports need to go away until the child can prove that he or she can study on their own and keep up with the program. Parents seem just as susceptible to the social pressures that their children are dealing with and sometimes make the wrong choices that allow their kids to be "cool" in the eyes of their peers all the while put them in the position to fail academically because the time is not being put into study. The generation coming up now seems to be raised by big kids instead of solid adults from what I have observed. That is not true for everyone but it certainly seems to be a lot of them. In closing if you choose to educate your child through private school or home schooling you are doing them a favor if you can afford it. It is not your responsibility to help educate your neighbors kids with your hard earned tax money or supposedly make their education better because you put your kids in public school as well. Do what is right for your children and let those responsible for others take care of themselves.