Free public primary and secondary education are cornerstones of the US educational landscape. Public schools exist because of funding from the local, state, and federal governments. In return, public schools must admit any child that lives within the district or school boundaries.
Public school gets a lot of flak from people who think its methods are outdated and incompatible with today’s economy. Complaints range from there not being enough parent involvement to overcrowding to too much (or too little) reliance on technology to students not being prepared for college and/or careers. And lately, with the controversy over the Common Core State Standards, it seems like many teachers are wondering if there are any alternatives to teaching in public schools.