I support public school. I'll say it again, I support public schools. I support making public schools better.
Public schools have indoctrination built into the system and curriculum. Ever morning kids repeat the pledge of allegiance. This is VERY bad. Young brains haven't developed enough to understand what this pledge fully means and what it's doing to their minds and behavior. Politically speaking we should end the pledge. It's nationalistic nonsense.
And what do you do when you go to school, you sit a row, remain silent, and do what they are told. This trains people to do the exact opposite of what we need them to do as adults. We need adults who say "NO" to all the bad things that get jammed down our throats and determine what to say "Yes" to.
Testing, get rid of it yesterday. To quote a teacher that I'm very close to, "I'm not a teacher anymore, I'm a data collector."
The curriculum is all F%&^ed up. Why? Influence by federal, state, local government, and private corporations trying to get their needs meet first, not educate. Kill bad text books while we are at it. I'm not say not have text books, we need them but textbooks can be developed and written by not-for-profits and university. We don't need private corporations writing textbooks. The done a poor job it. Let teachers do their jobs which they actually want to do, at least the good ones.
No Child Left Behind was the worst legislation for education ever written. Get rid of it yesterday.