Ars Mens Mentis
I've said it before. Public education is a broken idea. It can't be fixed. We need to engage the business/economic concept of a sunk cost and abandon it. Continuing to throw good money after bad is foolish.
Other than as an identification for Internet curmudgeons, the above is not a useful statement on its own. So what's the alternative? What should we do?
...Government-operated schools are not and never have been about education. They are about indoctrination and social engineering. Most students who actually manage to glean something of an education from public school have largely done so under their own power, especially in the last thirty years. It's time to admit that the idea, like all collectivist ideas, has the best intentions, but that it was doomed to failure to begin with. Time to move on.