As we all know, business monopolies create terrible hardship. Government monopolies create hardship, murder, war, tyranny, and a despickable regression in the advancement of civilization.
The Catholic Church created a spiritual monopoly in Europe which earned the entire continent's era the infamous title, "Dark Ages". Eventually Europeans wised up and experienced a Renaissance of art and science, and civilization prospered. Ironically, the Arab world, who prospered while Europe was doing "Hail Mary's" in the Dark Ages, traded places under the dark oppression of Isalm as the progress-undoing torchbearers of world culture.
Then the French revolution changed the entire world with philosophies such as those of Thomas Locke, which our own Constitution shamelessly borrows from. Our founding fathers built a government to protect these rights: to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness. Ignoring the clearly defined limited role our government is restrained to by our sacred document, people thought it'd be a good idea to let our government have a monopoly on education.
Fast-forwarding through the entire history of public schools, you'll find it mirrors the life cycle of any government: it starts out noble and responsible, then declines as it grows larger until it eventually explodes under the weight of its own fat, like the dude from the movie "Seven".
The government now spends approximately $11,000 per year per student, and yet they constantly get their asses whipped silly by private schools who very rarely have tuitions as high as the "little man's" school system. If it's starting to making you feel uneasy, read on!
Private schools are better because the school has to earn your money by providing competent schooling, and having a proven track record of superior test scores and college placement. If the school doesn't perform, your kid goes to a better one.
Solution: Not everyone can afford private schools, for sure. But how about this: you get to choose where your $11,000 per child that the government coughs up goes to. You get to pick the school that will teach your child how to succeed academically. Because public schools don't compete, they are subject to the brutality of a government-run monopoly. Prayer in school? Vote with your wallet. Orchestra, sports? Again, vote with your wallet. Single-sex, co-ed? Stop bitching at people who can only accept a one-size-fits-all answer and make things happen!
Left wingers who get elected by pandering to idiots are hypocritical to the core on this. Reverend Jesse Jackson refuses to allow choice in our education system, yet all his kids went to private schools. "The public schools aren't good enough where I live". Basically, the politicians who oppose your right to choose believe that they deserve a priveledge that you do not.
The people who would need higher education standards are the poor and the middle class- exactly the people who cannot afford private schools, at least not without vouchers. Public schools fail the people who need them the most.