I have a progressive friend. Very, very progressive. Totally out there. And she says public schools are ridiculously bad. Her kids are in a highly ranked public school (whatever that means), and it’s very bad. There is barely any recess, almost no playing outside, and mountains of idiotic homework. The 8-year-old is studying the structure of the human ear! This is nuts. Who needs this kind of stuff at 8, especially at the expense of playing outside? (The friend and I are both college professors. We are opposed to homework until the age of 12.)
My friend says she’d put the kids in private school in a blink if she had the money. This is the least snobbish person in the world. Plus, sincerely progressive. The schools must really be bad for her to say that.