This is the question that John Stossel tried to answer in his documentary "Stupid in America: How We Cheat Our Kids". State after state did not let him in. Why keep out the cameras if schools have nothing to hide?
Stossel compared a "good" school district in New Jersey to an "average" school in Belgium, giving the students a general information test. The Belgian students answered 76% of the questions corectly; the New Jersey students, 40%. A report by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed that only 31% of American college graduates can read a complex book with good comprehension.
Why are America's schools so bad? It's the Monopoly!
Just before Stossel finished preparing his documentary, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s experimental school choice program — which had already produced positive results — was unconstitutional. Earlier, school choice proposals in South Carolina, backed strongly by the governor, were killed by the state legislature.
In Florida, a public school teacher sued to abolish school choice. "Competition is not for human beings," she said.
In South Carolina, the state teachers’ union spent millions of dollars on lobbying and television ads to keep school choice from seeing the light of day.
Reform efforts fail, Stossel said, because public school administrators and teachers’ unions do everything in their power to defeat it.
These are not the persons to whom Christian parents should entrust their children. The unions may not be doing a good job of teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic; but they are teaching promiscuity, abortion, and sodomy.
An evil tree can bear only evil fruit, and public education is an evil tree. R.J. Rushdoony spent decades proving this: see his 1963 book, The Messianic Character of American Education. American public schools rest on a non-Christian, aggressively secularist philosophy that rejects God’s laws and puts man and the state in His place. This is not fruit you want your children to be eating.