"If my education, elementary school through college was not publicly funded then I would not have been able to go to college. Nick, maybe that worked for you and your children but for many in this country, education would just be a dream. I think that you might be hinting at a voucher program where the states and the federal government pay the families for whatever school they would attend? I am curious about your post."
Education is not a right. It is something we should pay for as individuals. Public education takes the subject matter out of control of the parents. I do not like what/how we are teaching our children. Quit taxing the people to death and let them decide where they want to spend their money.
Ken, I went to public elementary and high school. My parents paid property taxes to help pay for it. But it did not cover all the costs obviously. But the schools held me back. What I learned in 12 years, I could have learned in 6 or 8 years. My parents did not get a good return on their investment. When I was a young man I could not afford a public college education. All my money went for food and housing. Then I had kids. I worked a full time job (50-60 hours per week), bought a couple investment properties and owned a business in my spare time. My wife did not work; her job was to properly raise the kids. I did not have much money to spend on consumer goods. Since I owned more than one property, I paid more property taxes than many people, but could not afford to go to college. I also put my kids in private schools, because the public system was in shambles. It took me 23 years to get my BA degree. Between 1987 and 1992 I went to school 5 nights a week. I did my homework on weekends when I was not running my business. I did not sleep much during those 5 years. When I got the degree, my kids went to my graduation. At the time I was working as a mechanic in a Chevron station and operating a mail house business I built from scratch. I did not have the capital to properly grow the business so I had to work full time too. The mail business netted me $30K per year. The mail house business was dependent on computer applications. Since I could not afford to go to school to learn how to use computers and software, I had to teach myself. I graduated in 1992 and my transportation was a 1975 Chevy Monte Carlo. Basically I had two full time jobs and went to school at night. I also found time to go backpacking and camping with my kids. I got my first "well paying job" when I was 48 years old. My degree helped me get it, but my work experience was more important in landing that job. It can be done. The opportunity is there, but it is not easy.