Do you send your kids to private school? Then congratulations: "You are a bad person," Allison Benedikt argues in Slate. "Not bad like murder bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So pretty bad." Her reasoning is simple: if everyone were invested in public schools—and not just monetarily invested, "but real flesh-and-blood-offspring" invested—they would get better. Involved parents can make a huge difference. Yes, your kid may not get as excellent an education. "Take a deep breath and live with that."
"If you can afford private school," even just barely, "chances are that your spawn will be perfectly fine at a crappy public school." They have support at home, and a family with resources—"the exact kind of family that can help your crappy public school become less crappy." You want a fostering creative environment, small class sizes, individual student attention? So do the poor people down the street. "Send your kids to school with their kids," and then fight to make that school better. Click for Benedikt's full column. (Read more public schools stories.)