For most of the underprivileged kids who drop out, or for the kids who hate school, it's true. A lot of kids would be better off being home schooled. Those two columbine kids should have been home schooled. The kid who committed suicide after being bullied should have been home schooled. Probably all of the kids diagnosed with ADHD should be home schooled. And if your school has metal detectors, you are better off being home schooled. Public school is not for every kid. It might have benefited you to go to public school but its not benefiting the majority of kids when the amount of kids graduating from high school is hovering around 50% and the amount of kids who go to college is around 20-30% and the amount who graduate in 6 years is even less than that. Also if you want to teach your kids values, theres church. This is why I advocate that we bring back guilds. The teacher should be a life long mentor. When you say education is not highly valued thats because those people are not highly valued by society, so they don't value what society offers them. The only way to change this is to change the equation because right now education = debt, rather than education = success. Right now our society is all about making money, quality, pride, honor, none of these things matter anymore.