Get the picture? The public-private school costs brouhaha is a false argument because public schools are legally required to do so much more than the vast majority of private schools. But let's not stop there! How do our educational costs stack up to other nations? Is our educational system really bankrupting our federal and state governments? No.
Examining the cost of education as a percentage of our GDP, we're thirty-seventh on the list. Not the top. Not even in the top ten. Thirty-seventh. Here's a more graphical view of how much we're spending as compared to other countries. This should make it glaringly obvious that the cost of education skyrocketed not only in America, but around the entire world.
It all boils down to this: When all the factors are examined, it is obvious that America taxpayers are not spending too much on our kids' education. Yes, there will always be some waste, just as there is in any institution that contains human beings, but it is not wise to throw out the baby with the bath water.
While spending too much money on education will never be a guarantee of a quality education on a national scale, spending too little is a virtual guarantee of an educational handicapping of our youth before they ever enter the workforce.