John Stossel has another interesting entry in his ongoing series of articles on public schools.
One of the issues he addresses is the lack of "customer service" attitude in public schools. I have certainly experienced that firsthand in the past. The attitude is generally that the parents and families are there to serve the school, rather than the other way around. Our private school experience was precisely the opposite.
Stossel also shared an anecdote in which he tells of ABC News paying to send a 12th grader who could barely read at 1st grade level to Sylvan Learning Center. The student's reading ability went up two grade levels after 72 hours of tutoring.
It's simply wrong that the government forces parents to hand over tax dollars for schools and then doesn't provide an adequate educational experience, when parents could be using their own hard-earned money to provide their children with a much better education in the school or homeschool environment of their choosing.
The Sylvan anecdote also illustrates one of the many reasons homeschoolers usually do well academically: one of the most important factors in a child's educational success is the child receiving personal attention from someone who is vested in helping the child learn and succeed.