I love the above reply. Steve of CA's post proves Restoreliberty's point! His first 4 words make no sense, yet he prefers public schools. Why? Not because of its superior education, its graduates are better equiped for the future or the U.S. is better off, but he didn't want to be separated from his friends. The sense of privilege he avoided we used to call patriotism and national pride.
While Steve counts on public education to dull his patriotic optimism, I find all I need is graduates like Steve to deaden mine.