…you’re a terrible person, according to Allison Benedikt. This paragraph was particularly rich,
If you can afford private school (even if affording means scrimping and saving, or taking out loans), chances are that your spawn will be perfectly fine at a crappy public school. She will have support at home (that’s you!) and all the advantages that go along with being a person whose family can pay for and cares about superior education—the exact kind of family that can help your crappy public school become less crappy. She may not learn as much or be as challenged, but take a deep breath and live with that.
The truth is that there can be as much segregation between students in public school as there is between private/public school students. For example, I went to public school, but I really didn’t associate myself with most of the school, because the majority of my classes were AP. It was almost like going to private school; it was definitely like going to school with a totally different group of students. And, when AP parents care about the school, they really only care about the classes their children take — the AP and higher level (e.g. calculus) courses —, and whatever effort they put into improving the school will reflect this preference.