Yes. My elementary school was excellent with caring, professional teachers. Yes, my Dad started me off reading but now I can easily read 1000 wpm.
My Junior High School was hell on earth.
I then went to a Parochial school, with again caring teachers- not quite as knowledgable mind you). I also became more self-assured and even started (since it was coed) getting along with girls. Education was only so-so but the teachers really cared and helped my self-confidence. But this also gave me something to compare with/to.
Public High school was mostly great, 90% of teachers just fine (I found that Honors classes had the best teachers, I admit).
And then Community College was also great. After that I think we sort of leave “public education” altho Cal state Univ is certainly “public”.
So, of my public schools, 3 of 4 exceeded my expectations. Just one was a total pit. This showed me how lucky I was in the others. The Christian school was generally better at building up the kid but the education was second rate.
Mind you, if your kid is doing horribly in Public school, then a change might be in order. But it’s not “public” or “Private” (well unless your parents are so rich as to send you to a “exclusive” private school, which may be different) it is just *that *particular school and it’s agenda/atmosphere/feeling/environment/??? Thus I say public schools are not worse than private schools, but yes, some kids do terribly in one particular school’s environment (generally the bigger the worse).
And, I was home-schooled a bit too, but since my dad had been a teacher, that was different. I can say- I don’t suggest this as a full time alternative. Great for tutoring, taking a semester off from a particulary poisonous environment, etc.
(I basically didn’t go to kindergarten- My dad taught me after work and my Mom watched me. I could read at a 3rd grade level in 1st grade. Could count to a hundred, etc.)