Rancid wrote:I'm very sure this is basically the reason these kids end up doing so much better academically. I'm a firm believer that it's all about what happens at home that determines if a child is successful.
Agreed, typically people who go through the trouble of homeschooling and forking out the money out-of-pocket are determined to make a difference in their kids. Public education does not guarantee this; not only because its free, but because parents don't necessarily send their kids to school because they care about education, they send their kids to public school first and foremost because its mandatory. You can't just NOT educate your kids in the U.S., so if you don't give a fuck about educating your kids, they still have to atleast go to the public school.
Unforutately, ghetto and ultra-rural areas tend to share the larger tendency of not valuing education, and so in those places the grip of public education is firm and you will not see many private schools or many homeschoolers in those places. Plus, the schools that do exist there tend to perform their worst; not only because the parents often don't value education, but also because the schools have no incentive to change as the worst performing schools in this country get the most money in tax funds (thus acutally deincentivizing improvement).
I mean, think about it, if you being a lazy slack-ass worker guaranteed that you would get a raise, but you improving your performance would mean an end to those raises, would you seek to improve? Of course not.
But that is the exact problem we have with schools, we give more money to schools the worse they do in the hope of improving them, but the reality is that such an effort is just a subsidization of poor performance and then we act shocked when schools continue to suck after we spend more money on them for sucking.
This is obviously an argument for privatization, but also for (at the very least) reform. Schools should be given tax funds by merit first and foremost as that would incentivize improvement in schools that perform worse than their neighbors.