Blasphemy alert (not the religious kind--well, then again, maybe):
One of the big problems with public schools is there is such a conflicting set of ideas on what should happen at school. Many parents want their children to have a traditional academic education; they want their children to learn to read, write, and master arithmetic. Other parents are more concerned with socialization, or sports, or getting their children fed. A few parents are mostly interesting is having a place for their children to go during the day - free babsitting. Some parents want their children to be taught ethics, or a trade, or how to be a good citizen. With so many orthagonal views, it is no wonder that public schools struggle. Why homeschooland then the author links to:
Is high school football a public good?Of course when Nashville takes tax payer money for the benefit of professional teams it's hard to say it's not.