The Fort Worth public library system is a really great resource for our family. The Summer Reading Program is especially cool. There are free programs with science, live animals, puppets, clowns, etc. all summer. The kids win prizes based on how much they read. Our kids strive every summer for the circus tickets. Like I said a great resource.
Now what if public school was public like the library is public? What if the public schools were free and anyone could sign up to participate in what ever programs suited their fancy? What if it wasn't compulsory? What if out-of-district people could take classes for a nominal fee? Schools could still get paid on a kids in class basis like they do now. What if the day was broken up into different segments (reading, math, etc) and your kids could go to what ever classes you signed them up for? What if your kid didn't have to be in all level one but could be in some level one and some level two based on their ability? What if grown-ups that wanted to brush up on algebra or biology could take the high school level class for a small fee? Just wondering.