> I support public education 100% simply > because when my son enters the job market he will have precious little > competition.
You are a bit over confident. I'll put my to 25 students up against the top 25 eighth graders any private school in my county can muster. I've had kids from my algebra classes go to "elite" private high schools, and not one has failed to ace the placement exams. I've had kids tranfer into my class from private schools, and never has such a student been tops in my class.
The issue isn't public schools vs. provate schools, but good schools vs. bad schools. There are plenty of each in both catagories.
I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) In G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill inc., 1992.