It's completely up to the parent whether or not they put their kids in public, private, or home school. I'm just writing this post, mainly because I have a lot of friends who have been complaining about the public education system and I can't count the number of times I've heard someone say: "If I ever have children I'm going to put them in private school / homeschool them." Being a public school teacher, while I can understand their sentiments, especially knowing a few teachers who probably aren't providing the best education from the experiences I've had in a few public schools, it still sometimes makes me feel like they're saying I'm failing children in some way simply by teaching at a public school. And from my experiences, many private schools are no better and often worse (depending on the private school of course). Do you hear this a lot? How does it make you feel (if you're a public school teacher)? How do you respond?