The Australian Education Union has slogans like “Join the campaign for public education — Australia’s future“.
But if American public education is anything to go by—or rather its supporters—I can’t help but think of Poe’s Law:
But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good…
Reading Walt Whitman in ninth grade changed the way you see the world? Well, getting drunk before basketball games with kids who lived at the trailer park near my house did the same for me. In fact it’s part of the reason I feel so strongly about public schools.
Benedikt, A. (2013). If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person: A Manifesto. Slate. Available http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/08/private_school_vs_public_school_only_bad_people_send_their_kids_to_private.html. Last accessed 20th Sep 2014.